9th July 2018
UKTV's award winning entertainment channel Dave has commissioned a second series of celebrity car wrapper Yianni Charalambous' UKTV Original show Yianni: Supercar Customiser (20x30'). The first brought in just shy of half a million new viewers to the channel and is one of the most-watched series on streaming service UKTV Play in 2018.
Social media sensation Yianni, who has over a million subscribers to his YouTube channel, will once again lift the garage doors for a fresh series of Yianni: Supercar Customiser showcasing even more of his flash and wild customisations for some of the biggest names in entertainment and sport.
I had a fantastic time filming series one and am so excited to be back for a second series on Dave. I like to push myself when working on projects and series one went down so well I need series two to be even better. It's shaping up to include more extraordinary cars being transformed by my wonderful team. I can't wait for everyone to see the results!
Yianni: Supercar Customiser is commissioned by Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment for Dave. The series is produced by Barcroft Productions and Peter Wyles is the executive producer.
Hilary Rosen, UKTV deputy director of commissioning, said:
Yianni has star quality. He's a truly engaging new talent and Barcroft delivered a superb first series. I'm delighted to be working with them again and I'm looking forward to heading back to the garage and seeing what Yianni and his team are planning to deliver this time around.
Luke Hales, Dave channel director, said:
Yianni's energy and the characters at the garage proved to be must-see TV for a whole host of new viewers for Dave. Returning to the garage we will see how life has changed for Yianni as his profile and that of his clients continues to grow. Expect to see some wraps that will blow the doors off.
Peter Wyles said:
We are really excited to be back for another series. Yianni's infectious personality has resonated with a whole new audience on Dave, while also giving his own loyal followers an opportunity to see much more of him. The new series will feature great new characters and stories, a bunch of familiar faces and a host of celebrities.
The new series of Yianni: Supercar Customiser is another exciting addition to the raft of UKTV Originals coming to Dave. In 2018 Dave has also premiered Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Horne Section Television Programme, with brand new game show Beat The Internet with John Robins to come, alongside returning viewer favourites such as Taskmaster, Unspun with Matt Forde, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit and the forthcoming new series of Zapped and Porters. Expedition with Steve Backshall, airs in 2019.
For more information and interviews with Yianni, please contact: Ben Duncan, Publicist
For further information on Barcroft Productions please contact Justin Crosby at Boom! PR on Justin@boomdialogue.com / 07966 228361.
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Since bursting onto TV sets in 2007, Dave has been putting in hours at the gym and is now a beefed-up powerhouse of brand new and original commissions from some of the biggest stars and production companies in entertainment. Romesh Ranganthan, Jon Richardson and YouTube sensation Yianni Charalambous are just some of the latest additions to the channel's ever-increasing slate.
Whether it's innovative comedy entertainment like the BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Taskmaster, Unspun with Matt Forde, and Dara o Briain's Go 8 Bit or scripted sitcoms including the worldwide hit Red Dwarf, Zapped, and Porters, Dave's guaranteed to work your funny bone like never before.
Dave's also committed to bringing live sport back to free-to-air and has an ongoing deal to show fights from David Haye's Hayemaker Ringstar venture. There's also Red Bull Soapbox, Cop Car Workshop, Sin City Motors and a whole host of much loved programming, all shot with Dave's unique personality that's led to the channel reaching 20million adults a month.
UKTV is the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK reaching nearly 40m viewers every month.
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 nearly 10% of the British commercial TV market.
The network delivers 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 over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Studios and Discovery, Inc. - is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.
Sam Barcroft formed Barcroft Media in 2003 to provide editorial content to the international print media. Over the past decade the business has operated at the leading edge of the transition from analogue to digital media, now employing over fifty staff in bureaux in London, New York and New Delhi.
The business aims to become the leading global provider of factual content by creating, licensing, distributing and publishing news depicting 'the amazing side of life' across its constituent core businesses;
Barcroft Media - an established editorial content agency that specialises in content creation and distribution. The company licenses and distributes text, photography, TV documentaries and short form video clips to producers, publishers, broadcasters and digital platforms in over 50 countries.
Barcroft Productions creates original linear and digital TV programming for brands and a broad range of UK and international networks including 'Body Bizarre' (TLC), 'Inside The KKK' (Channel 4), 'The Day the Dinosaurs Died' (BBC 2) and 'Bear Grylls: Man vs. Everest' (Discovery).
Barcroft TV - one of YouTube's most watched factual channels with over 3 million subscribers, 2.8 billion views to date and is a key component of the group's multi-platform channel offering, serving as an incubation channel for Barcroft Productions.
Barcroft Plus, the fastest growing business within the Barcroft group specialises in integrating brand messaging and authentic editorial stories creating powerful new marketing opportunities for brands.
Channel 4 recently invested in Barcroft Media via its Growth Fund.