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UKTV Play reaches 140m views, adds 1.8m users

UK commercial broadcaster UKTV has revealed that its on-demand service UKTV Play has reached 140m views in 2018 and added 1.8m users. Views on the platform have grown by 36% since 2017. In addition, UKTV’s introduction of mandatory registration has pushed its user uptake with 1.8m signing up in 2018, a third of whom are […]

UKTV orders car ‘flipping’ series for Dave

UKTV has commissioned new original Lazy Boy Garage for entertainment channel Dave. The series, which is produced by October Films, follows three best friends into the world of international car ‘flipping’ – where cars are revamped and resold for profit. Based at Roadhouse Motor Co. in Stamford, Lincolnshire, motoring journalist Jonny Smith, Top Gear Magazine […]

UKTV pre-buys Woodcut’s Killer In My Family

UKTV has pre-bought Woodcut Media-produced doc series The Killer In My Family. The 6 x 45-minute series tells the story from the perspective of a murderer’s family, exploring the impact their relative’s crime had on them. Episodes feature interviews with family members and ex-partners of notorious murderers such as Ian Huntley, Fred West, Richard Ramirez, […]

On the set with Vice’s first game show

  TBI speaks to Vice Studios exec producers Dan Louw and Yonni Usiskin on how the brand known for its subversive content came to produce Beat the Internet with John Robins, a family-friendly game show for UKTV, due to premiere this Thursday (15 November).  If someone said a new format would be coming to UK […]

UKTV, Endemol head north for reinvention

Broadcaster UKTV and producer Endemol Shine Group are looking to reinvent their brands in northern England. The businesses have revealed they are opening shop in Leeds – which is north of Manchester and Sheffield in the county of Yorkshire – just a week after Channel 4 unveiled the city as the base for its national […]

UKTV: “No drop-off” in commissioning amidst ownership shake-up

UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham has said that an increased investment in original content has “generated more value” for the business in the event of a break-up of channels. The ownership of the Taskmaster broadcaster – which is jointly owned by the BBC and Discovery Communications – has been in question for several months, and […]

UKTV Ventures strikes first investment deal with Hopster

UKTV has struck its first deal through its innovation fund, UKTV Ventures, with an airtime-for-equity investment in kids TV app Hopster. UKTV launched The Innovation Fund in April 2017 in partnership with Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund to invest and take equity stakes in businesses in return for advertising airtime on UKTV channels. Hopster will […]

UKTV pre-buys Woodcut and Forces TV’s Royals on the Frontline

Woodcut Media and Forces TV Productions have teamed for the first time on three-part documentary series Royals on the Frontline, which has pre-sold to UKTV.  Royals on the Frontline, titled Windsors at War for an international market, explores the experiences of the British Royal Family during their military years, from World War II to the modern […]

UKTV to recreate lost Dad’s Army episodes

UKTV is to recreate three lost episodes of classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army. Mercury Productions has signed on to re-shoot and reconstruct three episodes of the show that haven’t been seen on TV since they first broadcast in 1969. The episodes will TX on UKTV channel Gold as The Lost Episodes. Unlike other episodes of […]

UKTV extends ‘Inside’ franchise with Brown Bob

UKTV has commissioned Brown Bob Productions for 20-part fixed rig series Inside The Operating Theatre. The show is the latest installment in the producer’s Inside The… franchise, which includes Inside The Ambulance and Inside The Vets. It is to air on UKTV’s W channel, and focuses on the day surgery unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital […]

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