UKTV’s Watch orders daredevil series, Eden nabs Attenborough

New titles for UKTV's assorted channels include a series starring "professional death-dodger" Jonathan Goodwin (pictured), and a program from Sir David Attenborough that explores nature's evolutionary anomalies.
September 12, 2012

UKTV has announced several new commissions for its channels, including a series for Watch featuring daredevil Jonathan Goodwin (pictured) and a natural history series for Eden featuring Sir David Attenborough.

The Jonathan Goodwin Project (w/t) is a 4 x 60-minute series featuring the UK-based “professional death-dodger” preparing for and undertaking spectacular superhuman feats. Co-created by Objective Productions and Crook Productions, the series is slated to air on Watch in March of next year.

Watch is also home to Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which will air for a third season in the first quarter of next year.

Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, featuring the iconic natural history presenter, will shine the spotlight on nature’s “extraordinary evolutionary anomalies.” The 5 x 30-minute series is produced by Humble Bee Films and will premiere in January.

Other upcoming factual highlights from UKTV’s stable of channels include Fight Club: A History of Violence from Like a Shot Entertainment, coming to Yesterday; and Choccywoccydoodah Star Challenge (w/t), a spin-off of the popular Choccywoccydoodah, coming to Good Food.

The new series were announced as part of UKTV’s Showcase presentation, in which chief executive Darren Childs reiterated the digital television company’s increase in investment for new content to over £ 100 million (approximately US $161 million) per year.

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