UKTV has announced plans to build on the successes of 2017, which saw record viewing figures across its channels and soaring ratings for Gold’s Murder on the Blackpool Express. The broadcaster intends to increase its total number of commissioned hours from indies by nearly a third, and will push into commissioned drama.
This week's top television includes the finale of comedy series The Detectorists, a documentary exploring a year in the life of deaf teenagers, a new French crime drama from Walter Presents, and a special two-part series of Taskmaster: Champion of Champions.
Taskmaster's Alex Horne sets four members of the audience their very own task at the RTS Futures "Taskmaster Masterclass: Get your idea on TV" event on 8th November at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London.
The programme, which has been a hit with UKTV audiences and earned nominations for RTS, Bafta and Emmy awards, began life on stage in Edinburgh, explained its creator, Alex Horne, at a sold-out event at the London Transport Museum.
Every month for a year, in the run-up to the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Horne asked a bunch of fellow comics to complete a daft task. “The first task I sent them was, ‘Deposit some money in my bank account – most money wins.’ Mark Watson put nearly £200 in; no one else got over a pound – and that funded the project.”
The Fake News Show
Channel 4, 8.30pm
The Fake News Show is back! Stephen Mangan returns as host, bringing viewers up to speed with false claims and alternative facts in line with the upcoming UK General Election.
Katherine Ryan and Richard Osman will act as team captains, joined by Miles Jupp and Stanley Johnson.
She has been making waves on the comedy circuit taking her exaggerated characterisation and relatable comedic humour to the Soho Theatre in her show Lolly 2.
The comedian, who specialises in character comedy, has made a number of appearances as a comedy actor in shows including Rovers, Plebs and Sicknote.
Her latest TV project sees her alongside fellow comedians Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Dave's comedy panel show Taskmaster.
The programme has been renewed for two more series and will increase each series run from five to eight episodes. The news comes as the show is nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2016 Broadcast Awards, and became the most watched commission on UKTV's video-on-demand service, UKTV Play, in 2015.
Antoine de Caunes and Jean Paul Gaultier return to British television almost ten years after the original series of Eurotrash last aired. The comic duo take an irreverent look at European fashion, art, music, and, most significanlty, politics. Three days before the EU referendum, there is no better way to remember what it means to be part of the continent.
So before the sun miraculously parts the clouds, the daffodils thrust their heads through the earth and the rain stops, there is just time to catch up on all top TV that you may have missed.
Five years ago, UKTV was seen as the home of the BBC’s archive shows and the owner of a channel called Dave. Everyone in the industry thought Dave was named after the company’s former CEO, David Abraham.
Fast forward to today. The 300-strong company that began life as a multichannel archive business 20 years ago has grown. It now runs 11 channels, ranging from natural-history channel Eden to Good Food, and has a commercial television market share of 9.3%.