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UKTV’s Dave bolsters unscripted programming line-up with two commissions

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two series from UK prodcos Expectation and Renegade Pictures for its male-skewing entertainment channel Dave. Anchoring the slate is comedy format Mel Giedroyc: Unforgiveable (8 ...
February 5, 2020

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two series from UK prodcos Expectation and Renegade Pictures for its male-skewing entertainment channel Dave.

Anchoring the slate is comedy format Mel Giedroyc: Unforgiveable (8 x 60 minutes; pictured), which invites three celebrity guests into a competitive confessional each week to find out who has committed sins that are “so bad that they should be declared ‘unforgivable’” in order to win, according to the network.

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is produced by Expectation and executive produced by Ben Wicks for the London-based prodco. Hilary Rosen will executive produce for UKTV. Dominic Wells-Martin is series producer.

The series was commissioned by Rosen, UKTV deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & fact-ent, and Dave channel director Luke Hales. It was ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, GM of comedy and entertainment.

“We are elated that Dave have jumped at the chance to get comic legend Mel Giedroyc to perform a vital public service: deciding which of Britain’s funniest and most entertaining people are the biggest wrong uns,” said Expectation’s Wicks in a statement. “By starting each show with some of her own hilarious misdemeanors, she ensures guests fall over themselves to reveal ever wilder indiscretions.”

Dave will also resurrect comedic travelogue World’s Most Dangerous Roads for a new 8 x 60-minute season for the first time since 2012.

Existing friendships and rivalries are tested to their limits each week as a pair of comedians embark on a perilous road trip consisting of various driving challenges all across the globe.

The series is produced by Renegade Pictures, and is exec produced by Harry Lansdown and Natalie Wilkinson. The series, which is directed by Graeme Hart, will be distributed by BBC Studios Distribution.

World’s Most Dangerous Roads was commissioned for UKTV by Rosen and ordered for Dave by Watsham, Hales and North.

“It’s great to be working with Renegade once again and on a much-loved show,” commented Rosen. “This series will go all out and bring some of the biggest and freshest names in comedy together, as they battle some of the harshest roads in the world. These journeys will not be for the faint-hearted.”

The network has also recommissioned Comedians Giving Lectures, hosted by Sara Pascoe, for two 6 x 40-minute seasons, and a third season of the theoretical comedy show Hypothetical (8 x 60 minutes).

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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