UKTV’s Dave channel has renewed Crackanory – their adult take on Jackanory – for a six episode third season, the broadcaster announced on Monday. Comedy veteran Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and Tamsin Greig (Episodes) are amongst the stars that have signed up to appear in the new run of episodes.
Crackanory ‘s third season will once again contain two stories per episode, with each delivering a mix of narration, live action and animation. The six episodes are being penned by a range of talented comedy writers including Nico Tatarowicz, Holly Walsh, Toby Davies and Kevin Eldon. Tiger Aspect Productions are producing, with Arnold Widdowson serving as the series producer. Hilary Rosen and Andy Brereton will executive produce.
Christopher Lloyd and Tamsin Greig will sit in the Crackanory chair in the show’s third season; as will Sarah Millican, Greg Davies and Simon Bird. A range of well-known actors and celebrities will also appear in season three and will bring the respective stories to life. UKTV has not released any details on which actors will appear, only saying that “more stellar names” will be announced “in the coming weeks”.
“Crackanory’s unique style of story-telling has captured the imagination of both viewers and industry-critics alike”, said UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen. “Stellar talent from here and across the pond are clamouring to sit in the iconic Crackanory chair and read one of the 12 twisted tales that will feature in the new series. I can’t wait to unveil the full line up which promises to be a real treat for Dave viewers.”
UKTV has forged a new commercial partnership for Crackanory‘s third season, which will see Audible becoming a partner on the show. Audible will receive bespoke sponsorship idents on both linear and VoD broadcasts of the new series and members of Audible will also be able to access their favourite stories from all three series of Crackanory history at the Audible website.
The third season of Crackanory was commissioned by UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen and ordered by Dave’s General Manager Steve North. The commercial partnership with Audible was brokered by UKTV’s Commercial Partnerships Manager Kate Norum and is the latest example of UKTV’s willingness to embrace AFP for their push into originals, following in the footsteps of John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure and The Unbreakables.
“At UKTV the commercial partnerships team is embedded within commissioning and this unique way of working enables us to capitalise on opportunities to seek funding for existing shows from brands that feel tonally right and complement the programme editorial”, added Kate Norum. “This partnership with Crackanory is part of a wider initiative by Audible and their Media and Creative Agencies; Initiative and Fold7, to reinvigorate the pleasure of story-telling with a 21st century edge and therefore provides a perfect brand fit for Crackanory, we are absolutely delighted to be partnering with them on series three of the show.”