Dave

Ticket to timetravel: How Timewasters became a comedy hit

Samson Kayo (Horace), Kadiff Kirwan (Jason), Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Nick) and Adelayo Adedayo (Lauren) in Timewasters (Credit: ITV)

Timewasters has charmed critics and attracted healthy audiences with its mix of jazz, time travel and good jokes. Notably, it also has an all-black leading cast but, according to its creator, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, it is, “first and foremost”, a comedy.

Taskmaster announces launch date for series 8

Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Taskmaster (Credit: UKTV/Avalon)

Greg Davies and Alex Horne return to judge a new batch of famous competitors and will decide who is worthy of taking home the coveted 24-carat gold cast of Greg Davies’s face.

The new contestants include Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, actor Joe Thomas (White Gold), stand-up comic Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha (The Chase) and RTS award-winner Sian Gibson. 

UKTV cooks up My Greatest Dishes and orders more Judge Romesh

My Greatest Dishes (Credit: UKTV)

Each episode will see a different chef recreating their most treasured recipes. The series will also feature pictures and stories from the chef’s personal archives to illustrate each dish’s life-changing impact.

Other chefs to be appear include Monica Galetti, Michel Roux Jr, Giorgio Locatelli, Rosemary Shrager, Michael Caines, Daniel Clifford and Ollie Dabbous.

“This series provides a real insight into the recipe for success behind some of our most-loved chefs,” said Good Food channel director, Vicky Walker.

Dave reveals celebrity line up for the eighth series of Taskmaster

Taskmaster series 8 line up (Credit: UKTV)

They will be joined by stand-up Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha (The Chase) and Sian Gibson (Car Share), all set to bravely face the challenges set by Taskmaster Greg Davies.

Creator and stats keeper Alex Horne will also be returning to the game show, which was originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Previous contestants include Jessica Knappett (Drifters), James Acaster (Would I Lie to You?) and Rhod Gilbert (8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown).

Dave launches mental health campaign

(Credit: UKTV)

Calm is an award-winning charity dedicating to tackling the rate of suicide among men and challenging a culture that prevents men from seeking help.

Titled ‘Be the mate you’d want’, the new campaign aims to highlight the significant power of small gestures towards friends going through a hard time.

During the campaign comedian James Acaster will voice positive mental health awareness promos, which will take over a four-minute commercial ad break. Next year the movement will also include a podcast and a commissioned comedy to support male friendship.

Samson Kayo to star in new Dave comedy Sliced

Samson Kayo (Credit: UKTV)

Sliced follows Joshua (Kayo) and Ricky (Barklem-Biggs), two friends that just want to make some money, move out of their parents' homes and meet women. However, the ridiculous situations they encounter get in the way of them achieving their goals.

The three-part series is also written by Kayo alongside Phil Bowker (PhoneShop) and produced by Lovely Electricity, and will air next year on Dave.