Renewals round-up: “Gadget Man,” “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”

Networks in the UK have re-upped Britain's Darkest Taboos and Heston's Fantastical Food, while in the U.S., Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (pictured) was recommissioned.
May 3, 2013

Networks in the UK have re-upped Britain’s Darkest Taboos and Heston’s Fantastical Food, while in the U.S., Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (pictured) was recommissioned.

In the UK, Crime & Investigation Network has commissioned two more seasons of Britain’s Darkest Taboos from ITV Studios following its successful debut season.

This marks the first time that A+E Networks UK has ordered two series – both 8 x one-hour – of a UK-produced show in one commission. The second season will premiere later this year, while season three will debut in 2014.

Britain’s Darkest Taboos explores Britain’s most shocking crimes, with family interviews, never-before-seen footage and reconstructions.

Over on Channel 4, three primetime factual entertainment series have received season two orders: Heston’s Fantastical Food; Kevin McCloud: Man Made Home; and Gadget Man.

Made by betty and set to air later this year, Heston’s Fantastical Food follows chef Heston Blumenthal as he finds the dishes that loom large in Britain’s history, deconstructs them and rebuilds the dish. The series will feature social history through food and through food secrets, horrible histories and cooking techniques.

Gadget Man‘s second series will feature a new host – actor, director and comedian Richard Ayoade. In the North One Television series airing in the fall, Ayoade will spotlight the latest in consumer products and innovative technology, and even create and design his own fantasy contraptions.

Meanwhile, the four-part Optomen series Kevin McCloud: Man Made Home will air in the fall, and sees McCloud attempt to build a beach getaway on the English coast.

The UK pubcaster has also ordered a third run of The Undateables for early 2014, and a second series of What Happens in Kavos.

Over in the U.S., CNN has re-commissioned Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown for an eight-part season, set to launch on September 15.

The upcoming season from Zero Point Zero Production will visit Spain, New Mexico, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India

On cable network Velocity, Chasing Classic Cars will launch its sixth season on May 7. Produced by Essex Television Group, the latest series will see Wayne Carini pursuing rare cars held in secret stashes.

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