London, Tuesday 6 September 2016
Multi award-winning broadcaster, UKTV, has commissioned Used Car Wars (10x30'), a lively new series for its leading entertainment channel Dave. Set in the competitive, mischievous world of second hand car sales, Used Car Wars is produced by Renegade Pictures and will air on Dave in 2017, the show will also be voiced by actress and West End star Sheridan Smith.
These two salt-of-the earth dealerships in Derby have enjoyed years of masterful rivalry. Used Car Wars sees the eccentric wide boys from Car a Lot take on the straight-laced, well-oiled corporate machine that is Geoff Cox Used Cars. The Derby dealerships go head-to-head trying to convince punters to part with their cash, and whoever makes the most profit each week wins bragging rights.
The series offers unfettered access to the rivalry of the two dealerships, following their front office cat-and-mouse negotiations. With comical wind-ups and grievances galore, Used Car Wars will unveil the idiosyncrasies of each character as viewers see their strengths, weaknesses and individual foibles.
Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning, said,
We are delighted to be working with Renegade Pictures on this new factual entertainment series for Dave. Used Car Wars will shine a light on a real-world car dealership rivalry and viewers will get to enjoy the daily pranks and wind ups that the sales teams play on each other. This format will provide an extremely entertaining insight into the highly competitive world of car dealerships.
Jonathan Levi, Renegade's executive producer, said,
Used Car Wars is a mix of forecourt flattery, back office banter and hilarious rivalry. This show is as much about the relationships between two dealers as it is about cars.
Steve North, Dave general manager, said,
Used Car Wars combines competition, humour and motors which will appeal to the Dave audience, making this a perfect new addition to the schedule. As the stakes are high and the rivalry is rife this series feels a perfect fit for Dave and viewers will love these bold new characters.
Used Car Wars has been ordered by UKTV's deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen and Dave's general manager, Steve North. Harry Lansdown and Jonathan Levi will executive produce for Renegade, overseen by Hilary Rosen. Series director Anthony Pyke will accompany series producer Stephen Taylor Woodrow for Renegade.
Used Car Wars joins a raft of brand new UKTV Originals on Dave, including Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, a new series of Taskmaster and the return of Red Dwarf later this year.
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Dave's had a haircut and shave in recent years as it grows from awkward teenager to fully-fledged commissioner of new and original shows. And it's not just comedy these days but entertainment and even some knock-out live sport. Hit UKTV Original commissions include Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Crackanory, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Dave enjoyed critical success with two series of Hoff the Record, a mockumentary ensemble comedy led by the living legend David Hasselhoff.
As well as home-grown delights Dave also goes stateside, cherry-picking cult US Shows including the sharp-witted and sharp-suited Suits and much-loved Parks and Recreation along with Emmy-nominated The Last Man on Earth. This all contributed to Dave's award win at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Entertainment Channel.
Dave is the UK's most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27 million people per month, and viewers continue to enjoy the ludicrously addictive American Pickers and UK remake of Storage Hunters. The channel continues to grow its original commissioning slate with political show Unspun With Matt Forde, Red Dwarf XI, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, fantasy comedy Zapped and Celebrity Storage Hunters airing later this year.
UKTV is the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK. The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for 9.31% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £319m and EBITDA of £82m. It invested £148m 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, Amazon Fire 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 in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.
About Renegade Pictures
2016 marks ten years since Renegade Pictures was founded by Alex Cooke, Alan Hayling and Jon Rowlands, and in that time it has become an internationally renowned producer of ground-breaking, high-quality, award-winning television. Renegade Pictures became a part of Warner Bros. Television Production UK in 2012.
The output encompasses critically acclaimed popular entertainment features and formats, like the hugely popular Don't Tell The Bride, which elopes to Sky1 in July 2016, and challenging single documentaries like The Town That Took On The Taxman on BBC Two, as well as edgy specialist factual events, and ambitious arts programmes. Recent highlights include the hugely acclaimed fixed rig series The Tribe and The Great Polar Bear Feast and and Drugs Live: The Cannabis Trials for Channel 4, Ben Fogle's Great African Migration and popular New Lives In The Wild series on Channel 5, and The Nick (ITV), Lose Weight For Love (BBC One), Car SOS (Nat Geo).