UKTV has announced a number of new series and specials for its channels.
Home will debut 10 x 60-minute series What the Neighbours Did in Q2 2011, commissioned from True North. The series, hosted by Amanda Lamb, lets viewers snoop into the homes and lives of their neighbors, and also appeals to the home makeover viewer by following homeowners who want to renovate but need inspiration. Presenter Lamb shows them similar homes in the area to prove the potential of their property.
Home has also commissioned a new series from Diesel Films, following UK handyman, Craig Phillips, as he takes on the DIY dilemmas of his celebrity friends. Celebrity DIY with Craig Phillips is a 10 x 30-minute series that is also informative, with Phillips dishing out handy tips on home improvements. The series is in production and will debut in spring 2011.
For Good Food, a new Optomen series will debut in November 2010. Bill’s Tasty Weekends is a 10 x 60-minute series following Australian foodie Bill Granger as he searches for the best of Britain’s recipes as he takes gourmet getaways throughout the UK.
Good Food also explores cake and chocolate with new Twofour Broadcast series Choccywoccydoodah. The 10 x 30-minute series, which focuses on the popular UK cake and chocolate shop, premieres in spring 2011.
Meanwhile over on Dave, Butchered (w/t) brings butchery to TV screens, with the help of Shine TV. The one-hour special, which follows two London butchers who are on a ‘meaty mission’ will premiere in early 2011. UKTV’s director of entertainment, Christian Drobnyk, describes Butchered as ‘the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels of butchery.’
- RS West ’18