UKTV’s Dave Channel has partnered with David Hasselhoff for Hoff The Record, a six episode mockumentary featuring a fictionalised version of the Baywatch actor.
Hoff The Record follows a fictionalised version of David Hasselhoff who, following five failed marriages and a string of bad personal decisions, decides to move to the UK to re-start his career. A semi-improvised comedy, Hoff The Record will feature an ensemble cast of new and established comedy talent.
“When I made Baywatch I dreamed of one day having my own show on a channel named after me. Hoff The Record is coming soon to the UK, only on Dave. They did name the channel after me, right…?”, quipped David Hasselhoff.
The comedy series is being produced by An Idiot Abroad indie Me & You Productions and co-funded by BBC Worldwide, who developed the project and will be handling global distribution. Krishnendu Majumdar, Richard Yee, Eric Gardner and UKTV’s Iain Coyle are set to executive produce, while Misha Manson-Smith is attached to direct. Production is expected to take place both in the UK and overseas, with Dave eyeing a 2015 premiere.
“It is a slightly surreal series for Dave and has to be seen to be believed, but it promises to be brilliant and to have The Hoff on the channel is a great coup. It cements Dave as the place to be for risk-taking comedies” said Dave’s General Manager Steve North, who ordered the series alongside UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham.
This marks the latest original commission for UKTV, who have been making an aggressive push in this area over the past two years. Previous scripted comedy commissions have included You, Me and Them & Yes, Prime Minister, both for Gold. Hoff The Record joins a slate of original commissions on Dave which also includes Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Ross Noble Freewheeling, Crackanory and the recent Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.