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Commissioning for the Future

The panel (L-R): From left: Jane Martinson, Zai Bennett, Delia Bushell, Damian Kavanagh, Richard Watsham and Kevin Sutcliffe (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Defining success in a connected content world is not straightforward. Is the buzz on social media more important than overnight ratings? And how does one commission shows that will play equally effectively on all devices across all platforms? 

Those were the main questions addressed in “Meet the new commissioners.” Session chair Jane Martinson, The Guardian’s head of media, asked some familiar faces with years of experience how the digital world is affecting their decisions. 

Dave gets exclusive rights for Ultimate Strongman

The tournament, which takes place at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, will feature 12 of the world's strongest athletes competing over five events including Atlas Stones, Monster Tyre Flip and the Deadlift Challenge.

Presenting duties will be taken up by Matt Bell and World's Strongest Man 1989 Jamie Reeves, with commentary provided by Sky Sports' Nick Halling and Norwegian body-builder Svend Karlsen.

The two hour programme will be recorded in front of a live audience on 10 December, airing on Dave on 30 December.

Rick Edwards, Roisin Conaty and David Baddiel solve the public's problems

Celebrity Advice Bureau puts a star-studded cast to work as agony aunts and uncles, solving all their viewers’ problems.

Drawing on their personal experiences, the celebrity cast will solve problems ranging from the everyday to the downright bizarre.

From hiding killer hangovers, 3am nappy changes and taking vicious revenge on cheating exes, the celebrities will show themselves to be a flawed, frank and twisted as the rest of the viewing public.

Greg Davies returns as Taskmaster for two more series

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.

Dave announces comedy tech series

Marcus Brigstocke appearing on Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask (Credit: UKTV)

The Joy of Techs will see technophobe Marcus and gadget-obsessed Alexis (Hustle, The Real Hustle) travel the UK completing challenges and activities, taking both old-fashioned and technologically-advanced approaches. Alexis tries to convince Marcus tech is the way forward, while Marcus will do everything to prove the original way is best.

One episode sees the pair go low and high-tech camping, and UKTV bosses have revealed we will also see solar powered cars and flying bikes on the show.

Viceland: the importance of branding

Vice show Gaycation (Credit: Viceland)

The youthfully cool Vice Media, famous for its guerrilla-style coverage of war zones and drug busts, has built its brand online. Yet it is about to launch a traditional TV channel in the UK and plans to make it available in 44 countries via different partnerships. 

It’s almost as if Apple had suddenly unveiled a record deck minus any kind of connectivity. Or is it?