Yesterday lines up Woodcut’s ‘Greatest Palaces’

UKTV has lined up Woodcut Media’s World’s Greatest Palaces for factual channel Yesterday. The multi-channel broadcaster pre-invested in the series, which was also deficit financed by distributor TCB Media Rights. The programme, which will air later this year, investigates the history, engineering feats and pioneering design of some of the world’s biggest palaces and the monarchs […]

UKTV’s Darren Childs resurfaces at Premiership Rugby

Former UKTV boss Darren Childs is to lead Premiership Rugby.  The exec, who was revealed to be stepping down from the multi-channel broadcaster in February, is replacing long-time CEO Mark McCafferty as chief exec of the league. Childs, who is to leave UKTV in June, was initially believed to be a top contender for the […]

Shaftesbury expands UK team with UKTV hire

Shaftesbury is to expand its UK team with new hire Alexandra Finlay, who was formerly head of acquisitions and co-productions at UKTV. Finlay will join Shaftesbury as senior director, creative and co-productions – a newly created role. She will be based in London and report directly to Christina Jennings, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury. At […]

BBC, Discovery to build “Marvel library” of factual content with SVOD

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC, Discovery confirm UKTV channels break-up, SVOD plans

The BBC and Discovery have confirmed plans for a break-up of UKTV channels, and unveiled what BBC director general Tony Hall has described as the corporation’s “largest ever content sales deal” as part of a new SVOD offering.  Discovery is to take full control of lifestyle channels including Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC […]

DRG drives into commissioning with Rachel Khoo series

Distributor DRG has furthered its commissioning drive, teaming with UKTV to co-commission cookery and lifestyle series Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen.  The 8 x 30-minute series, produced by Sweden’s NENT-owned Splay One, follows the British chef who has lived in Sweden for a number of years as she puts her twist on traditional Swedish dishes in […]

UKTV serves up foodie original ‘My Greatest Dishes’

UKTV has teamed up with 20 top UK chefs for My Greatest Dishes, a new original series for pay TV channel Good Food. Made by Sidney Street Productions, My Greatest Dishes celebrates the four most important dishes that have influenced the lives of 20 top chefs. Participants include Prue Leith, Tom Kerridge, Monica Galetti, Michel […]

Nine Network, UKTV link for ‘Outback Vet’

Australia’s Nine Network is partnering with UKTV’s natural history channel Eden on docuseries Outback Vet.  The 4 x 60-minute doc series was commissioned by Nine Network – which will title the show Desert Vet for the Australian market – with pre-investment from UKTV. The programme will be produced by Everyday Gourmet producer Parade and digital prodco Projucer, which have a […]

UKTV, Foxtel acquire Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

UKTV’s Really and Foxtel in Australia have acquired the second series of FirstLook TV’s Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer. The true crime investigation series delves into the tormented psyches of the world’s most infamous serial-killers by combining dramatic re-enactments with real-life video. The first season was acquired by Netflix, as well as UKTV […]

UKTV orders emergency Ski series for W

UKTV has commissioned a new original series which follows the medical emergency teams at one of the world’s biggest ski resorts, Val Thorens, for its premium entertainment channel W. Ski A&E, produced by North One Television, has secured behind-the-scenes access to the teams who undertake lifesaving work across the winter season. It will air on […]

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