London - 12th December 2018
UKTV has commissioned brand new UKTV Original, Lazy Boy Garage (10x30'), for its award-winning entertainment channel Dave.
The series, which is produced by October Films, follows three best friends into the world of international car 'flipping' - where cars are quickly resold for profit - at Roadhouse Motor Co. in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Dubbed 'lazy boys' because they don't leave the garage, motoring journalists Jonny Smith and Tom 'Wookie' Ford, and garage owner Tim Glover, hunt down classic car wrecks from across the world to do up and sell for fortunes to international buyers. The team rely on social media and a network of international fixers to aid them in their hunt for valuable vehicles.
From Ford Cortinas preserved in the Spanish heat to Russian camper vans in Vladivostok, the Lazy Boy Garage will stop at nothing to discover the best hidden motors on the globe, but every buy carries a risk. Complicated logistics, unreliable car quality and unexpected costs leave the team nervously awaiting the arrival of their new buy as it's shipped thousands of miles, wondering 'Is it rust... or gold dust?'.
Lazy Boy Garage has been ordered for Dave by UKTV director of commissioning, Richard Watsham and UKTV genre general manager, Steve North. The series is produced by October Films and commissioned by UKTV's commissioning editor, Joe McVey.
UKTV's Joe McVey said, "My history of buying used cars is patchy at best, so I really wanted to commission this show to learn how to avoid making any more costly mistakes. Watching a vintage VW in a ball of flames on the hard shoulder of the M40 is a mistake you only want to make once and hopefully one that Dave viewers will never have to make!"
Gareth Cornick, Executive Producer for October said,
It might seem ridiculous, but by using the internet and never leaving the garage to bring in the cars and the parts, the Lazy Boys are giving us a master-class in 'How to - and not to - buy and sell cars'. For the viewers it will be an exciting, fun, eye-opening show that the Boys hope might inspire a new generation of car flippers!
Dave channel director, Luke Hales, said,
We have a long history of brilliant motoring shows on Dave and this is no exception - the cars the Lazy Boy Garage team are finding are out of this world - or at least out of this country. We hope the Dave viewers enjoy following the team as they hustle to hunt down, restore and sell-on some brilliant cars.
Lazy Boy Garage will TX on Dave in February 2019 and will also be available on UKTV Play. It follows the announcement of more brand new UKTV Originals coming to Dave in 2019, including Hurricane Man, Expedition With Steve Backshall, Hypothetical with Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, and new series of Yianni: Supercar Customiser, the award-winning Taskmaster, and scripted comedy Porters.
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Notes to Editors
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, or scripted sitcoms including the worldwide hit Red Dwarf, Zapped, and Porters, Dave's guaranteed to work your funny bone like never before.
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.
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About October Films
October Films is an award-winning, innovative television production company and one of the fastest-growing and truly independent production companies in the UK and US. We are experts in unique and powerful story-led content. From specialist factual, factual drama, hard-hitting current affairs and documentary to reality and entertainment, we aim high.
Our work has earned us over 100 prestigious awards worldwide. October's recent shows include: Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq (BBC 2), Eight Days That Made Rome (Channel 5), Can Science Make Me Perfect? With Alice Roberts (BBC 4), Home Alone (Investigation Discovery) From Russia To Iran: Crossing The Wild Frontier (Channel 4), Dangerous Borders (BBC2), Motorheads (BBC Brit), David Jason's Secret Service (Channel 4), The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? (Channel 4); and Annie: Out of the Ashes (BBC3).
The company is currently in production on multiple series for Channel 4, the BBC, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel for platforms and networks worldwide.