UKTV’s Dave channel has ordered a celebrity comedy travel series titled Spending Dave’s Money, which hails from Renegade Pictures. The five episode series, which was ordered by UKTV Senior Commissioning Editor Richard Watsham and General Manager of Dave Steve North, is scheduled to air on Dave in 2014.
Spending Dave’s Money sees celebrity duos dropped in unfamiliar places who are then challenged to spend up to £10,000 of Dave’s money in just 24 hours. However, there are some strict rules in place: the double acts must have absolutely nothing to show for their spending spree and they can only gamble away 10%, which they can place on strategic bets they hope to lose. Plus, the globetrotters will face an outrageous forfeit if they fail to spend every last penny of the local currency. Some of the celebrities lined up for the series include Phil Tufnell & Susan Calman and David Baddiel & Richard Herring, while more talent will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Renegade Pictures is producing with Harry Lansdown serving as the executive producer. Spending Dave’s Money is being overseen by UKTV Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen.
This is the latest original commission for UKTV and comes shortly after the company released its financial results for the very first time and revealed that Dave is now the number one non-PSB channel in the UK, registering a 22% gain in adults share year-on-year. It also follows a recent £10 million budget increase for original content, with UKTV vowing to spend £110 million on originals in 2013. Other recent commissions, which have led to UKTV now reaching 42 million viewers a month, include Crackanory, Ross Noble Freewheeling and Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish for Dave; and Yes, Prime Minister and You, Me & Them for Gold.
“This is another incredibly exciting commission to add to the raft of new shows that Dave has been bringing to our audiences”, said Steve North, General Manager of Dave. “Dave is always looking to work with great talent to push the boundaries of smart, irreverent and witty TV and we believe this show will absolutely do this. Following our celebrities as they’re forced to splash the cash in creative and ingenious ways in such a short space of time should make for very entertaining TV.”
While Renegade Pictures’ Director of Programmes, Harry Lansdown, added: “It’s a very bold commission that takes Dave into exciting places and forces some of the UK’s funniest, most popular personalities out of their comfort zone, as they battle with the challenge of getting rid of the cash in a country they’ve never been to before.”