UKTV, Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster, today revealed its largest-ever slate of UKTV Originals at its annual showcase event, UKTV Live 2017. David Haye, Christine Lampard, Dara O Briain, Alex Jones, Greg Davies, Craig Charles and Nish Kumar attended high-profile Claridge’s launch this week to celebrate.
CEO, Darren Childs said: “I’m incredibly proud of the programmes we’re presenting today. It represents a five-fold increase in the number of UKTV Original Productions over the past five years, building the biggest commissioned slate in our 25-year history. Our investment into new content across the network has given us a stable of entertainment commissions, successful launches, and award-winning returning series that has underpinned our strong growth over the last five years. And that means we can continue to strengthen our position as the UK’s third commercial broadcaster.
“We have broadened out into sports, game shows, factual programming alongside original scripted comedies and lifestyle. Our viewers across traditional broadcast and TV streaming service, UKTV Play, are watching UKTV Originals more than ever and we are investing at a pace to bring them more of what they love.”
50 Originals already in production
UKTV announced new shows including The Wave, hosted by Big Brother favourite and host of Most Haunted Live, Rylan Clarke, for premium entertainment channel W; dinnerladies diaries, a documentary series with never seen before access to the diaries of the late Victoria Wood for Britain’s favourite comedy channel, Gold; a new ten-part series The Customiser is Always Right (WT), with YouTube sensation and celebrity car customiser Yianni Charalambous for Dave and a return to live paranormal entertainment with the continuing franchise Celebrity Haunted Mansion, hosted by Christine Lampard and Matt Richardson for W.
These announcements sit alongside new programme launches, including Porters, a brand new scripted comedy written by Dan Sefton (Trust Me, Delicious, The Good Karma Hospital), based on his own experiences of working in a hospital and Murder on the Blackpool Express, a comedic spin on the Agatha Christie-style whodunit. UKTV welcomes back returning Originals, which includes a new series of the BAFTA-nominated series Taskmaster, hit-fantasy comedy Zapped, Emmy Award-winning sci-fi sitcom in space, Red Dwarf XIII and Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish.
Who attended UKTV Live?
A glittering array of stars joined the broadcaster at Claridge’s for its annual showcase event, UKTV Live, including Christine Lampard, David Haye, Craig Charles, Alex Jones, James Buckley, Ross Noble, Susan Wokoma, Una Stubbs, Kimberly Nixon, Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Sally Philips, Dara O Briain, Jason Byrne, Matt Forde, Mark Watson, Sheila Reid, Katherine Ryan, Gemma Cairney, Chris Barrie, Dr Christian Jessen and Matt Richardson. Boxing legend, David Haye, who has signed a landmark deal to bring boxing to Dave, opened the event in conversation with Darren Childs on stage.
Highlights – W
UKTV is building out its Celebrity Haunted… format after the success of Celebrity Haunted Hotel on premium entertainment channel W with newly commissioned Celebrity Haunted Mansion from North One. Christine Lampard and Matt Richardson return for TV’s most entertaining scare fest – only this time there will be no room service, complimentary dressing gowns or mini bars as the celebrities head into a deserted mansion. The refreshed game show format will pit two celebrity teams against each other as they battle it out to become champion of the Celebrity Haunted Mansion, assisted by their paranormal expert team captains.
Brand new to W is The Wave hosted by Rylan and mixing sun, sea, surf…and stacks of cash. But instead of packing sunscreen, competitors must pack their swimmers as Rylan sends them off in pairs to battle the elements of the Atlantic coast in an effort to win the booty. Produced by award-winning Primal Media.
Returning to W for new runs this autumn are Dr. Christian Will See You Now (Firecracker), John Bishop: In Conversation With… (Lola Entertainment), two new series and a Christmas special of the fixed-rig documentary series Inside the Ambulance (Brown Bob Productions).
New shows launching this autumn also include The Secret Life of the Ballroom (Electric Ray) and The Secrets in my Family, hosted by Alex Jones, produced by Boundless and funded by Ancestry.
Highlights – Dave
Dave has turned to YouTube sensation Yianni Charalambous for a ten-part series, The Customiser Is Always Right (WT) from Barcroft Productions. It is the latest early peak time commission from Dave. The channel continues to increase its UKTV Originals with new series of the BAFTA-nominated series Taskmaster, plus Zapped, Emmy-winning sci-fi sitcom in space, Red Dwarf, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit and Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish. Plus brand new shows Porters and Jason Byrne gameshow Don’t Say It. Bring It coming later this year. Dave is also furthering its live sport committing to bring five live boxing matches to free television in the next year, in partnership with David Haye and Richard Schaefer’s Hayemaker Ringstar. The first will be shown 20 October, live on Dave.
What else is on UKTV?
UKTV’s unique access to the best of British television continues with shows including comedy hit, Mrs Brown’s Boys on Gold and the stunning drama, War and Peace on Drama. UKTV also continues to invest in co-productions in partnership with a variety of production companies. Forthcoming highlights include The Great War in Numbers for Yesterday and Murdoch Mysteries and new co-produced series Frankie Drake Mysteries for Alibi.