On tap for this week’s edition of “Renewed and Returning” are new seasons from Cooking Channel, TLC, Channel 4, BBC2 and UKTV.
A new season of TLC’s Four Weddings will premiere on July 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with all-new, two-hour episodes.
In this season, the featured brides are not strangers, but close friends and/or family members, and the grooms are teaming up with them to help pull off their big day. The brides will evaluate each other’s weddings based on six categories: venue, food, dress, entertainment, originality and overall experience. The bride with the highest score will win an all-expenses-paid honeymoon for herself and her husband. Four Weddings is produced by ITV Studios.
Elsewhere, the Southern food and culture focused series Southern and Hungry returns to the Cooking Channel for eight new episodes on July 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Native Southerners Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood are obsessed with all aspects of Southern food, from the restaurants and recipes to the culture and people behind it. In the new season, the duo takes a road trip through the region, stopping at beloved food joints that represent that tradition and innovation of the south.
In other news, Banijay Group-owned firm IWC has been commissioned to make a second season of Britain’s Most Historic Towns for Channel 4.
Presented by Professor Alice Roberts, the 6 x 60-minute series looks at a key period in British history via the story of a single historic town. In season two, Roberts will be exploring the Plantagenet, Stuart, Edwardian, Georgian, Civil War and World War periods in towns across the UK. She will visit historic sites and meet local historians to understand how each town was shaped by the dominant forces of the age and how people might have lived. A premiere date has not yet been announced for the series.
BBC2, meanwhile, has ordered a second season run of restaurant business show Million Pound Menu from Electric Ray.
Restaurant general manager Fred Sirieix returns to host the show where, once again, budding restaurateurs compete for investments in their food ideas they believe will be the next big hit. A panel of industry experts will battle it out to invest in the ideas they think are most worthy of their money. An air date has yet to be been set.
And UKTV’s entertainment channel Dave has commissioned a second season of Yianni: Supercar Customiser (pictured) from Barcroft Productions.
Social media sensation Yianni Charalambous, who has more than one million subscribers to his YouTube channel, will once again lift the garage doors for a new season of Supercar Customiser (2o x 30 minutes). The series will showcase Charalambous’ wild customizations for some of the biggest names in British entertainment and sport. A premiere date has not been set for the second season of Yianni: Supercar Customiser.