Renewed and returning: “Holiday Hit Squad,” “Gen H”

UK broadcasters are re-investing in Holiday Hit Squad and Monster Moves (pictured), while the U.S. dials up more Gen H and Ghost Mine.
August 23, 2013

UK broadcasters are re-investing in Holiday Hit Squad and Monster Moves (pictured), while the U.S. dials up more Gen H and Ghost Mine.

BBC1 in the UK is looking for more holiday consumer advice with Holiday Hit Squad, with Twofour tapped to produce a second four-part series. The travel show features hotel inspectors Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley, as they offer consumer advice on how to have the best vacation across the globe.

Holiday Hit Squad will also include professionals who help Brits abroad, the best and worst holiday stories, and will pit British “staycations” against exotic vacations.

Over on terrestrial Channel 5, the UK broadcaster has lined up a sixth series of Monster Moves. The Windfall Films series follows relocation experts as they move super-size structures and machines by road, rail, sea and air across the UK, U.S., Canada and Europe.

The new 6 x 60-minute season promises to feature bigger and more valuable objects than ever, and includes valuable steam locomotives being moved from North America to the UK, delivering a new search and rescue helicopter 3,500 miles to the Shetland islands, and sailing a fleet of floating homes halfway across Holland.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the U.S. network for Hispanic audiences Discovery en Español is launching a second season of Gen H. The documentary series follows two young explorers, Venezuelan blogger Daniela Zabala and Mexican publicist Pepe Carmona, as they backpack to Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental and the jungle of Tikal in Guatemala.

Gen H is made in partnership with Heineken, and inspired by Dropped, a social experiment series where men are sent to remote locations around the world and partake in bizarre challenges.

Also in the U.S., Syfy will see another season of Ghost Mine, returning on September 4 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The second season will also kick off with a one-hour special, Ghost Mine: Back on the Mountain, hosted by Haven actor Adam Copeland and airing one hour before the season premiere.

The 12-episode season, produced by 51 Minds, will see the gold miners and paranormal investigators continue their search for gold and ghosts at the Crescent Mine in Oregon, with the addition of a third generation miner and an excavation expert, and a dog named Little Boy.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.