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UKTV’s W commissions “Dating With My Mates” from Harbar 8 and BBC Studios

UKTV’s entertainment channel W has commissioned a UKTV original dating show with a twist. Dating With My Mates comes from Harbar 8 and BBC Studios, with each of the 10 episodes ...
January 18, 2022

UKTV’s entertainment channel W has commissioned a UKTV original dating show with a twist.

Dating With My Mates comes from Harbar 8 and BBC Studios, with each of the 10 episodes following a group of four friends as they attempt to navigate the world of dating at a unique dinner party, where each of the three courses is accompanied by a new potential date. At the end of the night, the dates can return to ask out one of the “mates.” There could be a match, but the choice could cause drama with the group of friends.

The series was commissioned by Helen Nightingale, senior commissioning editor, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Richard Watsham is UKTV’s director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen is deputy director of commissioning, and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Daniel Clark-Neal is executive producing for Harbar 8, and Pete Ogden for BBC Studios. The series is produced by Michelle Kirschner-Grant and directed by Marko Gowan.

“We’re so excited to launch this clever new dating format on W. The most daunting part of dating can often be when your love interest meets your best friends, let alone hoping to meet Mr. or Ms. Right. This brilliant new approach allows our singletons to do both, at the same time,” said W’s Collings in a release.

Added BBC Studios’ Ogden: “This is our first commission for W, [and] collaborating with them on a dating show is new territory and has been a lot of fun. We look forward to viewers seeing the hard work that has gone into this brilliant series.”

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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