British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has linked with Boomerang, part of the Twofour Group, on the fact-ent culinary series Big Zuu’s Big Eats for its male-skewing entertainment channel, Dave.
The 10 x 40-minute, comedy-cooking series, which is slated to air in early 2020, will feature London-based grime artist Big Zuu (pictured) as he plates made-to-order dishes for famous comedians –including Rosie Jones and Desiree Burch – while on tour throughout the UK.
Big Zuu’s Big Eats is executive produced by Boomerang’s Sam Grace. It was commissioned by Natalie Rose, UKTV commissioning executive, and ordered for Dave by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning; Luke Hales, Dave channel director; and Steve North, genre manager for comedy and entertainment.
“Having my own TV series has been a dream come true. I’ve grown up obsessed with watching cooking programs and making homemade food, so to now be able to do that on TV is a surreal feeling,” Big Zuu said in a statement. “I’m a massive fan of the channel Dave and I can’t wait to start filming.”
“Big Zuu is just the kind of extraordinary raw talent we’ve been looking for. Bags of charisma, effortless charm, infectious humor and true authenticity,” added Rose. “As a touring artist, he acutely understands life on the road, and the instant gratification delicious food brings. All of which make his partnership with some of the UK’s finest comics that more exciting.”
In other UKTV news, its history and factual-focused net Yesterday has commissioned two non-scripted series from Inside the Ambulance indie Brown Bob Productions.
The 6 x 60-minute History Hunters, a UKTV Original, will trace the father and son team of Dave and Steve Nuwar, military antiques specialists, as they look to uncover unique pieces of history. Owners of antiques store War & Son, the Nuwars will traverse the British countryside to source items from fairs, auctions, house calls and online while also looking to reveal the personal and historical stories behind each item.
Also, The Architecture the Railways Built (10 x 60 minutes) will feature railway expert and train enthusiast Tim Dunn as he explores the vibrant architecture lining the UK’s vast railway networks, including pedestrian passageways, tunnels, railway hotels and viaducts. Dunn will visit rail stations made up of simple stone buildings, Victorian grandeur and art deco masterpieces, as well as modern day glass and concrete structures.
History Hunters and The Architecture the Railways Built will broadcast across UKTV’s Yesterday in the spring of 2020, and will also be made available via on-demand service UKTV Play.
Both series are to be executive produced by Brown Bob’s Audrey Neil and series produced by Rob Dersley. They were commissioned by Hilary Rosen, UKTV’s deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment, and ordered for Yesterday by channel director Gerald Casey.