UKTV adds Roux family and Ramsay to fall line-up

UKTV channels Really, Eden, Good Food and Gold have announced a raft of fall programming, including a series from Gordon Ramsay's One Potato Two Potato shingle, My Kitchen and a program featuring culinary icons The Roux Family, The Roux Dynasty (pictured).
September 8, 2011

UKTV channels Really, Eden, Good Food and Gold have announced a raft of fall programming, including a series from Gordon Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato shingle, My Kitchen.

Good Food has commissioned My Kitchen, which will see 10 top chefs, including Antonio Carluccio, Angela Hartnett and Anjum Anand, making easy dishes in their home kitchens.

The 40 x 30-minute series will include a week of Christmas specials with Sophie Grigson.

“We’re delighted to be teaming up with One Potato Two Potato for such an exciting series,” said UKTV commissioning editor Catherine Catton.  “My Kitchen will provide a never before seen glimpse of world-class chefs cooking their favourite recipes at home.”

The series is overseen by UKTV commissioning executive Julie Swanston, with One Potato Two Potato’s Leila Salim as series producer. Gordon Ramsay, Gary Broadhurst and Ben Adler are executive producers for One Potato.

In addition, Good Food has commissioned Cactus TV to produce a series on the culinary clan, the Roux family. The Roux Dynasty (10 x 60 minutes) will see four members of the famous food family cooking alongside each other on TV for the first time.

The series will provide a behind the scenes look at Albert, Michel, Alain, and Michel Roux Junior (pictured) working in the kitchens of London’s Le Gavroche and Berkshire’s The Waterside Inn.

Each cookery episode will see two recipes prepared, one which can be mastered by any home cook.

The Roux Legacy is a fantastic opportunity for Good Food to team up with Cactus TV once more to provide a generous serving of high-end cuisine, mixed with unprecedented access to all four Roux family members, their archive and unique opportunities to see them at home,” said UKTV commissioning editor Tracy Forsyth.

The series is overseen by Forsyth, with Chris Worthington as series producer for Cactus TV.

Over on Eden, UKTV’s natural history channel, four new series have been added to the early 2012 schedule.

Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide, coproduced with Australian-based Essential Media, explores the continent’s changing shape, life, climate and location. Marine biologist Dr. Richard Smith will take the viewer on the ultimate Australian road trip.

Exploring China is the focus of two series from Eden and Image Impact – Hainan Adventure with Nigel Marven and Yunnan Adventure with Nigel Marven.  In Hainan Adventure, presenter Nigel Marven follows in the footsteps of his hero, John Whitehead, an English naturalist and explorer who visited Hainan in 1899. In Yunnan Adventure, Marven spends a year exploring the province in search of endangered turtles, giant salamanders and white-cheeked gibbons.


Emma Sparks, UKTV’s acquisitions executive for factual, brokered the deals.  ”We have recently ramped up Eden’s co-production/pre-sale slate which means that we can focus on content that really has Eden at its heart,” she said. “These are all amazing shows bringing exclusive blue chip natural history to the channel.”

On Gold, the comedy channel is taking a chance on a four-part, one-hour documentary series, Only In a Sitcom (w/t). The North One Television series will show how the British sitcom reflects everyday life.

A different sitcom icon will helm each episode, with Hugh Dennis looking at family in sitcoms, Joanna Page exploring romance, Neil Morrissey tackling friendships and Ricky Tomlinson giving his own take on Christmas.

Ricky Kelehar will be the executive producer and Lindsay Jex is the series producer for North One Television with UKTV’s Sarah Fraser and Julie Swanston producing for the broadcaster.

Lastly, Really has pre-invested in Fat Surgeons, securing the exclusive UK rights to the medical program.

The 10 x 50-minute series from Electric Sky follows two of Britain’s Bariatric experts, Shaw Somers and Chris Pring, and their patients as they journey from undergoing surgery, to coping to the after-effects and trying to rebuild their lives.

“We have been given exclusive behind the scenes access to the work of Mr. Shaw Somers and Mr. Chris Pring, and are delighted to be able to relay the remarkable stories of their patients in Fat Surgeons,” said Vicky Matthews, series producer from Electric Sky.The series will be both touching and educational, as Really viewers see for themselves some of the consequences of over-eating.”

Fat Surgeons is the first series that Really has pre-invested in, and it will form a key part of the channel’s Q1 2012 schedule.

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