26th April 2016
UKTV, the UK's biggest multichannel broadcaster, today announced its top rating show of 2015 has been greenlit to full series as it continues to expand its slate of original commissions.
Leading entertainment channel Dave has ordered five episodes of Celebrity Storage Hunters (5x60') fronted by auctioneer Sean Kelly, following the success of a one-off Christmas Celebrity Special. The special was Dave and UKTV's most popular show of 2015 with a million viewers tuning in to watch famous faces including Shaun Ryder, Bez, Bob Mortimer, Lizzie Roper and Ross Noble compete to win the most money for their chosen charity.
Helen Nightingale, executive producer, UKTV said,
Storage Hunters UK is a winning combination of fierce competition and fast-paced action. Add famous faces to the mix and you get a whole new dynamic of rivalry.
Steve North, Dave general manager, said,
I am delighted that North One and Sean Kelly will be bringing a full series of Celebrity Storage Hunters to the channel. Dave viewers love Storage Hunters and this enables us to bring in top comedy talent too. Combined with the UK version of Storage Hunters, which is now in its fifth series, with more to follow in the autumn we have some great new shows lined up for Storage Hunters fans."
Sean Doherty, North One executive producer and series director, said,
The Christmas special was even better than we could have hoped, with the celebrities really getting into the Storage Hunters spirit. We've got some fantastic guests to make sure this full series will be really memorable.
Celebrity Storage Hunters is ordered by Steve North and director of commissioning Richard Watsham, and executive produced for UKTV by Helen Nightingale. Executive producers for North One are John Quinn and Sean Doherty, while Doherty is also series director. Storage Hunters UK: Celebrity Special has been watched by 2.79m viewers since its premiere. Award-winning Storage Hunters UK is a UKTV Original for Dave based on the US format Storage Hunters and is now in its fifth series.
Celebrity Storage Hunters will air on Dave later this year.
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Dave proudly presents a plethora of original commissions; award-winning Crackanory, Ross Noble Freewheeling, Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish, and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Not to mention a brand spanking new original series' of Hoff the Record and Taskmaster.
There's national treasures like QI, Red Dwarf X, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, plus the Red Bull trilogy of Cliff Diving, X-Fighters and the Soap Box races. And of course, we still have Top Gear.
Dave is the UK's most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27 million people per month, featuring hit US shows including the sharp-witted and sharp-suited Suits, the ludicrously addictive Lizard Lick Towing and the wonder that is Storage Hunters and now original commission Storage Hunters UK, the gift that keeps on giving.
UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £283m and EBITDA of £74.1m. It invested £123m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 23rd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.