Channel 4 places large order of Extreme Cake Makers
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped Wales-based label Boomerang, part of Twofour Group, to produce 62 episodes of Extreme Cake Makers.
The order includes seasons three and four (30 x 30 minutes) and two specials.
Extreme Cake Makers is narrated by Rufus Hound, and follows a group of top cake makers creating edible masterpieces. The series is produced executive produced by Boomerang’s director of programs, Sam Grace.
Meanwhile, distributor Twofour Rights has struck a deal with the U.S. network Cooking Channel, which acquired rights to air the second season.
HGTV sets home reno series Hidden Potential
Discovery, Inc.-owned channel HGTV is gearing up to launch its latest home renovation series Hidden Potential (pictured).
Premiering May 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the 13 x 30-minute series will follow builder and designer Jasmine Roth as she revamps dull suburban Southern California houses by injecting them with personalized layouts and standout amenities to transform them into dream homes.
Royal Wedding dominates ITV’s line-up
Ahead of the May 19 marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the UK commercial broadcaster will air a number of primetime specials, including Invitation to a Royal Wedding. Airing on April 29 at 9 p.m., the hour-long doc from Oxford Films Productions will go behind the scenes of some of Britain’s most iconic royal weddings, with presenters Sir Trevor McDonald and Julie Etchingham.
The special will also meet the people who work on royal weddings, and includes first-hand accounts of the lengths taken to keep wedding arrangements secret.
Two-part special Royal Wives of Windsor, meanwhile, will air on April 30 and May 1 at 9 p.m., and follows the women who’ve wed into the house of Windsor over the last century. The films will provide insight from historians David Starkey, Kate Williams and Piers Brendon; writers and broadcasters Jeremy Paxman and Afua Hirsch; biographer Andrew Morton; and royal insiders as they review British social history through the lives of the royal wives of Windsor.
On May 3, ITV will air Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings at 9 p.m. The doc tells Harry’s story through royal footage, newsreel and royal source commentary, from the prism of the turning points of his life – four Royal Weddings and the death of his mother.
Both Royal Wives and Prince Harry’s Story are Spun Gold TV productions.
Donal’s Asian Baking Adventure licensed to BBC Lifestyle in Asia
Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media has licensed UKTV’s Donal’s Asian Baking Adventure to BBC Lifestyle in Asia.
Bomanbridge Media acquired the rights of the 10 x 30-minute series from Argonon International. Irish food writer, photographer and television presenter Donal Skehan stops in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia to explore the popularity of baking and four-based foods in Asia.
Donal’s Asian Baking Adventure is produced by Denham Productions, in partnership with South Korea’s Cen Media and the Korean Communications Agency.
In other news, Bomanbridge Media has licensed Shaun Micallef’s Stairway To Heaven: Gods, Gurus, and the Ganges, also from Argonon International. The hour-long special will air on BBC India, while Tuning 2 You: India’s Lost Musicians has sold to BBC India.