The network logs record ratings for Murder On The Blackpool Express.

Murder On The Blackpool Express has proved a ratings smash-hit for the third largest commercial broadcaster, UKTV, having become the highest ever rating show on its Gold channel.

The highly-anticipated UKTV Original comedy drama, starring Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson has drawn in 1.72 million viewers in its first week. Following a BAFTA screening, the show premiered on Gold at 9.30pm on Saturday 11th November.

The story follows Terry (Johnny Vegas), a Blackpool coach driver, and tour guide Gemma (Sian Gibson) who become caught up in a deadly conspiracy when the trip’s passengers start mysteriously dying one by one.

Murder On The Blackpool Express is written by Jason Cook (Hebburn), directed by Simon Delaney (Cold FeetStellaLead Balloon), produced by Jim Poyser (Shameless) and executive produced by Andy Brereton for Shiny Button. It was ordered by Gold General Manager Steve North and UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham, while Hilary Rosen and Pete Thornton are co-executive producers for UKTV.

Gold has enjoyed recent success with UKTV Originals on Gold this year, including, We Have Been Watching, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’ award-winning sitcom Henry IX, a pair of exclusive retrospectives, David Jason: My Life on Screen, The Story of Only Fools and Horses, and most recently, The Rebel with legend of stage and screen, Simon Callow.

And viewers have even more UKTV Original shows to look forward to with Smashie’s Xmastastic Playlist airing on the channel next month, and dinnerladies diaries coming next year.

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