UKTV’s Yesterday channel has inked a co-production deal with Indigo Film & Television for a new factual series titled Professor Hutton’s Curiosities. The deal was brokered by UKTV’s Acquisitions Executive Emma Sparks, with the series slated to premiere in Q2.
The series, which has been given an order for 12 episodes, features Professor Hutton as he journeys to different British museums to discover their little known history and the curious and bizarre objects they hold. Some of the museums featured in the series include the Magic Circle Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology, Pollock’s Toy Museum, and the Freud Museum.
The deal to co-produce Professor Hutton’s Curiosities comes as Yesterday is enjoying a successful year, with new series Black Ops, averaging an opening audience of nearly 400 000, and achieving a 2.1% audience share, and Raiders of the Lost Past’s premiere episode reaching 572,000 adults. The channel has also recently inked deals to acquire Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed The World, Mummy Mysteries and Alexander’s Lost World.
“We are delighted to work with Indigo Films & Television on this quirky and fascinating new series”, said UKTV’s Acquisitions Executive Emma Sparks. “It is also a privilege to have Professor Hutton, a leading authority on history of the British Isles, using his expertise and eccentric character to guide us through Britain’s most intriguing museums.”
David Lawley, Managing Director of Indigo Film & Television, commented: “Working with UKTV is always a great pleasure, and we are thrilled to be a part of a series that showcases Britain’s unique curiosities. It is the perfect hybrid programme for those looking to be entertained but also to learn about Britain’s bizarre but mesmerising history. We have found this programme to be one of our most intriguing to date and we are very excited for it to be shown on Yesterday.”
While Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday, added: “Professor Hutton’s Curiosities is weird and wonderful, which will appeal to both history lovers and those looking for a dose of light entertainment. It is an exciting addition to Yesterday’s line-up of engaging and dynamic programming in Q2 2013, which already includes Secret Life Of…, Mummy Mysteries and Alexander’s Lost World.”