Despite the demise of the U.S. series on which it is based, Storage Hunters UK is still going strong. UKTV’s Dave channel has renewed the series fronted by Sean Kelly for an additional two seasons, the show’s fourth and fifth, whilst also ordering a Celebrity Special to air this Christmas.
The total order is for 21 more episodes, comprising a ten episode fourth season, a ten episode fifth season and the one-off celebrity special. Said special features such stars as Bob Mortimer, Kimberly Wyatt, Ross Noble, Jimi Mistry, Shaun Ryder, Bez, Jenny Éclair, Lizzie Roper, Jimmy Bullard, Carl Froch, who will all compete to raise money for charity.
“The order of another 20 episodes is testament to the strength of the Storage Hunters brand and the draw of the brilliant cast of characters who make it such a fun and compelling watch”, said UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham, who commissioned the new episodes. “The fact that we can add to that cast with these fantastic celebrities, if only for one special, is very exciting. It should be a real treat for fans and new viewers alike.”
Storage Hunters UK is fronted by Sean Kelly and features participants who blind bid on disused storage lockers around the country, hoping to make their fortune from what’s hidden inside. Produced by North One Television, the series has been a hit for Dave since it launched in 2014. Across 2015, the series has attracted a total audience of more than 12 million viewers. The executive producers are Helen Nightingale and John Quinn.
Elsewhere, Dave has also renewed their hit comedy series Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. The renewal, which is for ten more episodes, comes less than 24 hours after the show’s third season debuted on the channel. There is also a Christmas Special in the works for this year. The new season was commissioned by UKTV’s Iain Coyle and will once again be produced by Phil McIntyre Productions.
Storage Hunters UK and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled are the latest of Dave’s series to score a pick-up for 2016 as UKTV continues with their aggressive push into originals. The channel, which ranks as the UK’s number one non-PSB, previously handed out renewals to both Dave Gorman’s Modern Life Is Goodish and the Greg Davies & Alex Horne fronted Taskmaster.