Wednesday 4 November 2015
UKTV has greenlit a celebrity special of popular format Storage Hunters UK (1 x 60') for leading entertainment channel, Dave, to be broadcast at Christmas. UKTV has also ordered another 20 episodes of Storage Hunters UK (series four and five) from North One. Both the celebrity special and the series are fronted by auctioneer Sean Kelly.
For the one-off Storage Hunters UK: Celebrity Special Dave has lined up a starry mix of bidders including actors, comedians and musicians. Bob Mortimer, Kimberly Wyatt, Ross Noble and Jimi Mistry as well as bidding pairs Shaun Ryder and Bez, Jenny Éclair and Lizzie Roper plus Jimmy Bullard and Carl Froch star in the special, competing to raise money for charity.
Richard Watsham, UKTV's director of commissioning, said,
The order of another 20 episodes is testament to the strength of the Storage Hunters brand and the draw of the brilliant cast of characters who make it such a fun and compelling watch. The fact that we can add to that cast with these fantastic celebrities, if only for one special, is very exciting. It should be a real treat for fans and new viewers alike.
Steve North, general manager, Dave, said,
Dave viewers are set for some festive excitement as the celebrities battle each other to bid blind on storage lockers. This Christmas, Storage Hunters will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Storage Hunters UK: Celebrity Special and series four and five are ordered by Steve North and Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham, and executive produced for UKTV by Helen Nightingale. Executive producer for North One is John Quinn, series director is Sean Doherty.
All of the celebrities involved are big fans of the series and it really shows - it didn't take long for the competitive edge to take over. So much so, one of the highlights from the shoot was an impromptu boxing bout between Ross Noble and Carl Froch. Funny, but ill-advised - particularly for Ross...
Award-winning Storage Hunters UK is a UKTV original for Dave based on the US format Storage Hunters. Year to date 12.3 million viewers have watched Storage Hunters UK on Dave, with 22% of all adults tuning into the show. The second series opened with 662,000 viewers.
Dave will also be bringing back Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled for a fourth series (10x60') in 2016. The third series of the hugely successful unformatted chat show started on Dave last night (Tuesday 3rd November), complete with its own Christmas special on 29th December. Series four is produced by Phil McIntyre Productions and commissioned by Iain Coyle, guests will be confirmed in the new year when it starts filming. The recommission sits in a growing slate of returning shows including Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish and Taskmaster.
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