TLC takes “Say Yes to the Dress” to the UK

The Discovery Communications-owned network has ordered a British version of the hit bridal gown series Say Yes to the Dress from Half Yard Productions. (Pictured: host David Emanuel)
March 23, 2016

Discovery Communications-owned network TLC has ordered a British version of the hit bridal gown series Say Yes to the Dress from Half Yard Productions.

Titled Say Yes to the Dress UK, the 40 x 30-minute series will be hosted by acclaimed Welsh fashion designer David Emanuel (pictured) and will provide exclusive access to one of England’s top bridal boutiques, Confetti and Lace.

The series will follow Emanuel, shop owner Christine Dando and her team of consultants as they help brides-to-be uncover the perfect bridal gown before walking the aisle.

The U.S. version of the series, which is also produced by Half Yard Productions, grew to become one of the biggest series on TLC in the UK last year, reaching 15 million viewers across the nation.

TLC’s Charlotte Reid serves as executive producer on the series, alongside Half Yard Productions’ Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder and Nicole Sorrenti.

The series was ordered by Clare Laycock, VP and head of channels at TLC & Investigation Discovery, and commissioned by Mark Procter, acting head of factual entertainment at Discovery Networks International.

Say Yes to the Dress UK is scheduled to broadcast across TLC in the UK and Ireland this summer.

Half Yard also produces Channel 4′s bridal format All Hail the Veil, which follows one bride-to-be as she visits three separate salons in search of “the dress of her dreams.”

Say Yes to the Dress is a brand defining series for TLC and with their wealth of experience in bridal programming, Half Yard are perfectly placed to produce this show for us in the UK”, said Procter in a statement. “This commission not only signifies our ongoing commitment to the wedding genre but also bolsters the TLC schedule with more feel-good, formatted factual-entertainment.”

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