UKTV commissions The Beauty Rewind Clinic

The series will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter Vick Hope and industry leader in non-surgical procedures Dr Esho. 

The pair are on a mission to get the UK back to being au naturel, but are the nation ready to give up their cosmetic procedures?

Each episode will see Dr Esho help people who want to turn back the clock on years of social media inspired procedures, supported along the way by Hope. 

The last year has seen many influencers and celebrities wishing to go more natural, dissolving their fillers and removing their implants.

UKTV rebrands W and takes the channel free-to-air

The broadcaster will also make the channel available on its video on demand service UKTV Play, aiming to increase the footprint of W and its programme offering.

Upon its launch, viewers will be able to access many hit UKTV Originals, plus brand new upcoming series Alex Jones: Making BabiesRochelle Humes: Interior Designer in the MakingNurses on the Ward and Dating With My Mates, and new series of Stacey Dooley Sleeps OverMasterChef USAAustralia and Canada, and Inside the Ambulance.

UKTV beefs up VoD

‘It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” says UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur, a grin spreading across his face. The gift in question is Gold, the network’s flagship channel, whose audience share last year grew by 7%. Highlights included The Vicar of Dibley: Inside Out, Gold’s most popular show of the year, watched by 829,000 people, with original drama Murder, They Hope in second place, watched by 687,000, and returning scripted series The Cockfields (490,000) in third.

Gold commissions new comedy Newark, Newark starring Morgana Robinson and Mathew Horne

The three-part series is set in the eponymous working-class market town in the East Midlands.

Morgana Robinson stars as the tired and truculent matriarch Maxine, who manages a local chip shop.

Maxine is trying to ride out her divorce and search for a new flame, but her dullard ex-husband Terry (Mathew Horne) is trying ever more desperately to win her back. Meanwhile her vulnerable son Leslie (Jai Hollis) has just come out as gay.

Creator and writer Nathan Foad (The Young Offenders) said: “Making Newark, Newark is my wildest dream come true.

UKTV acquires The Silence of the Lambs spin-off series

A spin-off from Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, the thirteen-part series picks up a year after the events of the original.

Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) stars as FBI Agent Clarice Starling, who returns to the force in 1993 but is still dealing with the fallout and trauma of the Buffalo Bill case.

She is undergoing therapy but remains as brilliant and brave a detective as ever, which draws monsters and madmen to her.

Air TV: A lesson in nurturing talent

A wartime aircraft hangar at Leeds East Airport is an unlikely setting for the next generation of out-of-London TV talent to start their careers, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Air TV.

The company – run by ex-BBC execs Matt Richards, Andy Joynson and Ian Cundall – is passionate about attracting, training and retaining young talent to work on their fast-growing slate of factual shows.

A new crime drama era for Alibi

We Hunt Together (Credit: UKTV)

There’s a firm logic in the recent push to serve up more original drama by the likes of Channel 5 (Boleyn, The Drowning) and BritBox (The Beast Must Die, Crime). For viewers, a gripping drama is a calling card that helps define a channel in an increasingly crowded market.

Within the industry, it is a stake in the ground, a display of creativity and clout. So, it is fascinating to see that the pay-TV crime channel Alibi, owned by UKTV, has thrown its towel in the ring, and shown its full commitment with a succession of new shows in the second half of 2021.

W commissions Rochelle Humes: Interior Designer in the Making

Credit: UKTV

Cameras will give viewers an insight into Humes’ life as she turns her personal passion for interior design into the professional world.

Humes will visit families all over the country and completely transform their homes with the perfect post-pandemic makeover.

Over the years, Humes has renovated several of her own homes and has a loyal Instagram following who love seeing her style tips and interiors taste. 

However, she has never been faced with real clients, a problem brief, constrained budgets and unrealistic expectations. 

UKTV announces new series Emma and AJ Get To Work

Emma Willis and AJ Odudu (Credit: UKTV)

The four-part series will follow Willis and Odudu as they help families all over the UK get their businesses on track after a tough year. 

The pair will offer a much-needed helping hand during some of these families’ darkest times. 

However, there is a twist, each family is facing their own unique challenge, which will require Willis and Odudu to learn new skills in order to help. 

These families are at a make-or-break point so will need the duo to bring their A-game, think quickly on their feet and immerse themselves in their new jobs.