Dave brings more comedy entertainment to UKTV

Dave this week announced a swathe of brand-new comedy entertainment formats.

The UKTV Original comedy entertainment shows announced for the forthcoming schedules for the Dave channel are Outsiders, British as Folk, Question Team, The Island and Meet the Richardson’s.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming so many fantastic comedians to Dave, some of them for the very first time. This is the channel’s biggest-ever slate of new shows and we know our viewers will love what we’ve got in store for them all.” – Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment

Outsiders This six-part series sees David Mitchell challenge a returning cast of three pairs of comedians to prove they’ve got the mettle and skills to thrive in the great outdoors. The competing comedians will be Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders and Toussaint Douglass. Produced by Renegade Pictures.

Fern Brady, Darren Harriot and Ivo Graham are British As Folk in this six-episode programme that sees them travelling across the nation discovering and interrogating the stereotypes and traditions that make up British life today, in the process creating their very own ‘brutally honest’ guide to Britain. Produced by STV.

“We’ve been using the last twelve months to develop the next wave of unique and innovative comedy formats. We’re certainly not content to dine out on last year’s BAFTA success in this category. Instead, we want to make sure that we have a number of strong shows coming through, to keep pushing the boundaries in this space and to join Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable which launched successfully earlier in the year.” – Richard Watsham, UKTV director of commissioning

Question Team, hosted by Richard Ayoade, is an eight-part comedy quiz show that sets out to re-write the panel show rulebook by making its players set the questions. Each episode three comic guests must provide their own unique, personally-themed round for Ayoade and their fellow contestants to take part in. Produced by Interstellar Television.

The Island across eight episodes is hosted by Tom Allen with Kemah Bob and Jason Forbes and will see four comics play God across the entire series as they each conceive their dream island nation to rule over. Produced by Super Best Quality Video Productions and created, developed and executive produced by James Acaster, Ed Gamble, Lloyd Langford and John Robins.

Returning to the channel is Meet the Richardsons for a ten-episode run. Written by Lucy Beaumont and Tim Reid (Car Share) will also return for a third series. The series offers a fictional window into the funny and frustrated marriage of Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont as they give viewers a glimpse of their life in Yorkshire. Produced by Second Act.

“I’m particularly excited to welcome such a broad range of talent who are new to the channel. I want Dave to be the place that comics come to have fun, to make the kinds of shows they can’t make elsewhere and to develop their careers further, whether they’re emerging, or established stars.” – Richard Watsham, UKTV director of commissioning

Also coming up on Dave later in the year are the second and third series of Comedians Giving Lectures, hosted by Sara Pascoe, and a new run of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, now in its sixth series. Next month, Samson Kayo’s scripted comedy Sliced and BAFTA-nominated Big Zuu’s Big Eats will both return for their second series.

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