British commercial broadcaster UKTV has pre-invested in a series from British indie Woodcut Media about some of the world’s biggest palaces for its factual channel Yesterday.
The 10 x 60-minute series World’s Greatest Palaces (pictured) reveals the history and design behind some of the world’s most spectacular palaces, and the monarchs responsible for their creation. The series features recreations and interviews with specialists, as well as drone footage and unique access to dig into the mysteries behind these royal buildings.
World’s Greatest Palaces features the baroque Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Hampton Court Palace in the UK and Neuschwanstein Castle, built atop an isolated cliff in Germany, among others.
The pre-investment deal for UKTV was brokered by acquisitions manager Daniel Thomas.
London-based content rights service and distributor TCB Media Rights have deficit financed the series and will distribute it internationally.
World’s Greatest Palaces will air on UKTV’s factual channel Yesterday later this year.
Elsewhere, comedian, actor and writer Sara Pascoe will front a new format for UKTV’s entertainment channel Dave that features comedians giving lectures.
Comedians Giving Lectures (8 x 30 minutes), produced by ITV-owned 12 Yard Productions, will feature an array of British comics who will deliver stand up as an improvised lecture.
Each episode of the UKTV Original series will feature Pascoe as she challenges three comedians to deliver a lecture on a serious subject, but the content created by them isn’t. In addition to trying to impress the audience with their usual comedic fare, the comedians will also be judged on how knowledgeable and articulate they are by experts in the field of their lecture topic.
The series is executive produced by Matt Walton and Paul McGettigan. Susie Hall is series producer.
Comedians Giving Lectures was commissioned for UKTV by Joe McVey, commissioning editor, with Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment, and ordered by Luke Hales, Dave channel director.