UKTV shows include a new series looking at Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and returning productions such as Red Dwarf.
“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.” – CEO, Darren Childs
With 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.
Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies is to be celebrated with a Gold documentary series.
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 include 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.
The network, which is Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster reaching over 40 million people each month with almost 10% of commercial audiences, has seen a five-fold increase in UKTV Originals hours over the past five years and more Original hours are scheduled for 2018 than at any point in UKTV’s 25-year history.
Christine Lampard with co-hosts Matt Richardson and Jamie East on Celebrity Haunted Hotel, which is to return
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.
“We have broadened out into sports, gameshows, 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 pace to bring them more of what they love.” – CEO, Darren Childs