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UKTV unveils 2018 comedic, factual commissions

Commercial broadcaster UKTV’s commissions for 2018 includes docuseries and comedy formats across its bundle of channels. The format Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier (8 x 60) is heading to UKTV’s entertainment channel, Dave. Produced by ...
January 23, 2018

Commercial broadcaster UKTV’s commissions for 2018 includes docuseries and comedy formats across its bundle of channels.

The format Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier (8 x 60) is heading to UKTV’s entertainment channel, Dave.

Produced by Talkback Thames, the comedy format is hosted by British comedian Jon Richardson, a self-dsecribed obsessive worrier and organizer. Richardson attempts to analyze and chronicle his many worries. Combining bespoke VT, funny studio set-pieces and archive, Richardson and his guests will explore exactly how severe each worry actually is before filing it accordingly to Richardson’s very own ‘Worriedness Index’ – a high-tech, digital log of every anxiety in existence. The series has been commissioned by UKTV senior commissioning editor Iain Coyle.

Also new to Dave for 2018 is Judge Romesh (10 x 30), featuring Romesh Ranganathan (pictured) who holds court over real-life disputes. Each week, Ranganathan will preside over disagreements and give out comic judgment in his own style. Judge Romesh is produced by Hungry Bear Media and was commissioned for UKTV by Joe McVey, commissioning executive.

UKTV is also ramping up its factual commissions with two new documentary series.

In Cop Car Workshop (10 x 60) from Blink Films, audiences will have the chance to see inside one of Britain’s leading police car workshops. The series will follow the  Cheshire Police as they build and repair vehicles that have been out in the field. The series is a mix of dramatic footage of modern-day police work and human interest of those working on the various types of vehicles. Cop Car Workshop is executive produced for UKTV by McVey.

Also commissioned is Inside the Vets (15 x 60), building out UKTV’s W network Inside the…. franchise from Brown Bob Productions.

This docuseries follows the daily challenges faced by the dedicated team at one of Britain’s busiest veterinary clinics. The series will use fixed-rig cameras to highlight the work of veterinary surgeon Clive Munn and his team of specialists in Kent, who go to great lengths to care for some of Britain’s most exotic pets. The series was commissioned by deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen, with UKTV commissioning executive Natalie Rose serving as as executive producer.

And Cops UK: Body Cam Squad, from Raw Cut Television, has been commissioned for a third and fourth series. The series is commissioned by Rosen and executive produced for UKTV by Arch Dyson.

All of the commissions have been ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment.

“2018 will see UKTV operate increasingly as a full-service broadcaster, with year on year growth in the volume of original hours and the breadth of genres we cover,” said Richard Watsham, in a statement. “Expanding our output further allows us to work with a larger than ever pool of on and off-screen talent and provide some of Britain’s best producers a different route to get their ideas to air.”

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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