UKTV


TBI Weekly: Why the face-off for ‘Taskmaster’ could be ‘Bake Off’ 2.0

Three years after Love Productions marched Bake Off from BBC One to Channel 4, history is repeating itself with Avalon’s Taskmaster, which is unlikely to return to UKTV’s Dave and will likely land on Channel 4 or the BBC, all of which begs the question: is this the new normal for prize formats? Manori Ravindran […]

Exclusive: Avalon pulls ‘Taskmaster’ from UKTV as Channel 4 circles

Avalon Television is snatching its format Taskmaster from UKTV’s Dave five years after the show debuted on the channel and grew to become its biggest hit.  TBI understands that the BAFTA-nominated comedy format will not be returning after the current season ends next week. It is believed that Channel 4 is close to securing the […]

Asylum hires ITVSGE, UKTV alum Ronan Hand for UK office

Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG) has appointed former ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) exec Ronan Hand to head up its newly launched UK office in London. Hand becomes senior VP of global content and is in charge of presenting IP from within the AEG family of companies to the international marketplace. He will also lead AEG’s […]

Exclusive: Discovery “making changes” in commissioning post-UKTV split

Discovery Networks Europe is rejigging its commissioning team on the back of its UKTV channels split with BBC Studios – a move that sees the departure of fact ent exec Steve Jones. TBI understands that Jones, an exec producer for fact ent at Discovery Networks Europe who guided a number of prominent local commissions, has […]

Discovery brings HGTV to the UK

Discovery is to launch its home renovation network HGTV into the UK and will reboot Channel 4 show How to Look Good Naked for its Really network in the country. Discovery’s UK network Home will be rebranded as HGTV, one of the channel brands acquired by the company as part of its $14.6bn deal for […]

UKTV split confirmed: Discovery takes lifestyle, BBC takes entertainment

BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV. It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while […]

UKTV commissions trio of original comedies

Multichannel broadcaster UKTV has expanded its original comedy slate with three series including another Murder on the Blackpool Express sequel plus vehicles starring Jon Richardson, Lucy Beaumont and Dave Gorman. Second Act Productions’ 6×40-minute Meet the Richardsons, for comedy channel Dave, stars real life husband and wife comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont who play […]

Gold greenlights ‘Cockfields’ comedy with Joe Wilkinson, Kim Cattrall

BBC Studios-backed comedy channel Gold has commissioned a scripted original starring Joe Wilkinson (pictured), Diane Morgan and Kim Cattrall. The Cockfields (3 x 30 minutes) stars Wilkinson as Simon, who is taking girlfriend Donna (Morgan) back home to the Isle of Wight for his birthday weekend. The cast also includes Sue Johnston, Bobby Ball and […]

Alibi snaps up pair of US crime dramas

UKTV has acquired two US scripted shows, Waco and I Am The Night, for its crime drama channel Alibi. Sold by Endeavour Content, Waco premiered last year on Paramount Network. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Michael Shannon and Andrea Riseborough, the six-episode series documents the deadly 1993 stand-off between the FBI and religious cult the Branch Davidians […]

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