Crackanory is continuing its run on Dave. The UKTV owned and operated channel has renewed the hit series for an eight episode fourth season, TVWise has learned. Alongside the fourth season renewal, Dave has announced a slight change to the format of the series, with see just one narrator per episode reading an extended story, after the first three seasons featured two stories per episode.
The talent lined up to narrate these eight episodes include Sheridan Smith, Dara O Briain, Doc Brown, Anna Friel, Mackenzie Crook, Miriam Margolyes, Bob Mortimer and Mel Giedroyc. Each story in the fourth season will be brought to life with live action scene featuring some of Britain’s best comedy actors. Tiger Aspect Productions is producing, with Arnold Widdowson serving as the series producer and Andy Brereton returning as executive producer.
“We are thrilled to be bringing back the award-winning Crackanory for a fourth time on Dave. It has become one of our landmark brands and the ambitions of the show continue to grow with each new series”, said UKTV Commissioning Executive Tanya Qureshi. “We’re hugely excited to see the storytelling format evolve into a single narrative per episode, and to reveal the talented narrators who will be taking a seat in the iconic Crackanory chair.”
After partnering together on season three, UKTV has also renewed and expanded their deal with Audible for these new episodes. The company will receive bespoke sponsorship idents on both linear and VOD broadcasts and members will also be able to listen to some of their favourite stories from all four series via Audible’s site. Audible will also benefit from five exclusively written stories from the Crackanory writing team and bespoke content featuring the narrators.
“We are genuinely delighted to be partnering with the team at Audible again for series four of Crackanory”, said UKTV’s Senior Commercial Partnerships Manager Kate Norum, who brokered the deal with Audible. “This series’ collaboration has been designed to deliver even more exclusive content to their subscribers, as well as providing the brilliant on-screen association with fantastic stories and story-telling which Crackanory offers them.”
Crackanory, starting with its third season, has been one of the key titles produced with commercial partners as part of an AFP push at UKTV. Other successful projects produced, across the UKTV network, under this model, include John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure, Red Bull Soap Box and Battlechefs. Another recent commission that is being producer under a similar funding model is John Torode’s Korean Food Tour, a new travelogue series for Good Food.