UKTV is expanding their slate of originals. The commercial broadcaster has commissioned a new scripted comedy starring Jon Richardson for Dave, Death On The Tyne sequel Dial M For Middlesbrough for Gold, and a new eight episode Dave Gorman series for Dave.
“The latest crop of UKTV Originals demonstrates our commitment to finding and backing the very best talent both in front of and behind the camera. Our indie partners continue to help us raise the quality and ambition of our shows across more genres”, said UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham.
“These new series span both feature length and half hour scripted comedy as well as an evolution of one of Dave’s most watched comedy entertainment shows, from the brilliant mind of Dave Gorman”, he added. “And with our future position as part of BBC Studios, I’m particularly excited about the opportunities to grow our UKTV Originals slate further going forwards.”
Meet The Richardsons offers a fictional window into the funny and frustrated marriage of Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont. Richardson and Beaumont play exaggerated versions of themselves as viewers get a glimpse into their home and work lives, surrounded by their celebrity friends and their Hebden Bridge neighbours. The six episode series is being penned by Lucy Beaumont and Tim Reid and is being produced by Second Act Productions. Lee Hupfield and Eddie Stafford are the series producers and directors. It was commissioned for Dave by UKTV’s Head of Entertainment Iain Coyle and ordered by Richard Watsham and Dave’s Channel Director Luke Hales.
Dial M For Middlesbrough is a sequel to both Murder On The Blackpool Express and Death On The Tyne. The feature length outing will be another Agatha Christie-inspired whodunnit, though specific plot details were not immediately available. UKTV said that is would feature another all-star cast. Jason Cook, who penned both of the previous films, is returning to write the script. Shiny Button is producing. Dial M For Middlesbrough was commissioned for Gold by UKTV’s Head of Scripted Pete Thornton and ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Gold Channel Director Gerald Casey.
Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply is an eight episode series fronted by Dave Gorman. Once again Dave will be bringing his trusty screen along but now, in each episode, he will also be joined by three comedy guests as they cast their eye over his latest modern world discoveries, compete in mischievous games and generally try to unscramble the baffling morass of non-stop information that surrounds us in the internet age. Avalon are producing, with James Fidler serving as the series producer. Paul Wheeler is attached to direct. The series was commissioned for Dave by UKTV’s Head of Entertainment Iain Coyle and ordered by Richard Watsham and Dave’s Channel Director Luke Hales. UKTV is eyeing a late 2019 premiere.