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History UK Acquires Knights Templar Drama Series ‘Knightfall’

History UK has acquired the UK rights to Knightfall, the period drama about the Knights Templar which is being produced for the U.S. History network. The series, which is distributed internationally by A+E Networks, is expected to premiere on this side of the pond in 2018.

UKTV’s Dave Channel Orders ‘Taskmaster’ Champions Specials

UKTV's Dave channel has given the greenlight to Taskmaster: Champion Of Champions, a two-part special that will bring back the winners of the show's first five seasons. It will air on the channel next month. All five previous winners - Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding, Rob Beckett and Bob Mortimer - will face confounding new assignments in the fight to become the ultimate Taskmaster champion. Greg Davies and Alex Horne will also return.

Channel 4 Renews ‘Hunted’ For Third Season

Channel 4 has renewed their factual entertainment series Hunted for a third season. Season three, which will consist of six episodes, is set to air in 2018. The renewal comes after the show's second season scored strong ratings. Hunted consistently outperformed the 9pm slot-average and saw a sizeable uplift (+80%) in the 16-34 demo.

‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘9JKL’ Score Additional Episode Orders At CBS

CBS is extending the run of two of their freshman shows. The network has handed out a full season orders to their Shemar Moore fronted drama S.W.A.T. and a partial order to comedy series 9JKL. The orders are for seven additional episodes of S.W.A.T. (for a total of 20) and three additional episodes of 9JKL (for a total of 16).