Dave is returning to Crackonary.
The UKTV owned and operated channel has ordered a second season of the series, which was an adult take on Jackanory. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season, which will again contain two stories per forty minute episode. Some of the UK top comedy writers will pen the new episodes, with a number of well known faces set to star. Tiger Aspect Productions produces, with Hilary Rosen, Ben Cavey and Andy Brereton serving as executive producers.
“Crackanory proves story time is not just for the kids. The show provides grown-ups with a rare opportunity to get totally lost in a twisted tale that engages through a unique blend of live action, animation and intimate spoken word” said Dave’s General Manager Steve North, who ordered the second season. “Dave’s commitment to providing talent-led content continues with a second series of this bold programme.”
The renewal of Crackanory comes shortly after UKTV posted record results which revealed an unprecedented third year of consecutive ratings growth for the company, with Dave becoming the UK’s number one non-PSB channel. It also follows the successful launch of the show’s first season last year; pulling in more than half a million viewers for Dave, up some 82% on the slot-average.
With the pick up, Crackanory joins fellow UKTV original series Dave Gorman’s Modern Life Is Goodish, which was also recently renewed by the broadcaster. In addition, Dave recently commissioned a comedic chat show fronted by Alan Davies. The commissions and renewals are part of UKTV’s drive to create more original content, for which the company has set aside a budget of £110 million. Arguably, UKTV’s most ambitious commission is Tony Jordan’s Legion, which is set up at flagship entertainment channel Watch and represents not only UKTV’s first foray into original drama, but also a major investment.