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London, 4th November 2013 ? UKTV's flagship entertainment channel Watch has unveiled a special festive treat for viewers today with the announcement of two brand new 1x60' shows, based on the BAFTA-nominated and multi-award winning Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
The first of the two specials, Dynamo Top Ten Greatest Moments, is driven by social media. Fans voted for their favourite Dynamo moments from the last three series and during the show a host of well-known celebrity faces and fans will reveal why they think an illusion deserves its place in this extraordinary countdown.
The celebrities confirmed to appear in the show include pop sensation Tinie Tempah, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, Mathew Horne of Gavin and Stacey fame and TV presenter Keith Lemon.
The second of the specials, Dynamo Revealed, sees Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Zane Lowe take Dynamo back to his roots, uncovering the story of how Steven Frayne went from being bullied on a housing estate in Bradford to becoming one of the most celebrated magicians in world today.
Filmed in front of an intimate audience of fans, family and friends, Dynamo will share his personal story, interspersed with never seen before footage from his early days.
UKTV Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Hilary Rosen, commented:
?Dynamo is a global phenomenon and his unassuming character, mixed with his utterly jaw-dropping stunts and new take on magic, have turned him into water cooler television for fans around the world.
These special programmes will give viewers unprecedented access to Dynamo and reveal never seen before material and intimate details of what it takes to become a world famous magician. We?ll also find out which of Dynamo?s extraordinary stunts fans think should get the number one spot in Dynamo?s top ten greatest moments ? there are certainly plenty to pick from.?
Dynamo Top Ten Greatest Moments and Dynamo Revealed will be produced by Phil McIntyre Productions and Inner Circle Films for UKTV. The two shows were commissioned by UKTV's Richard Watsham and ordered by watch's General Manager, Steve Hornsey.
?Dynamo: Magician Impossible has been a huge stand out hit for Watch and an unprecedented success in Pay TV. While we have a four part series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible currently in production for transmission next year, I'm delighted that in the meantime we can treat our viewers to these special programmes that will add a bit of festive magic to the TV schedules in December.?
"I am really looking forward to sitting down with Zane, through watching my shows my fans have gained some knowledge of my life story but this is going to be a real opportunity to delve deeper and for viewers to find out what inspired me to take up magic and hear about the trials and tribulations I encountered along the way."
Dynamo became an international sensation when his hit show on Watch propelled him to stardom in 2011. Since then his magical stunts have garnered global acclaim and Dynamo: Magician Impossible has achieved record breaking ratings for the channel and has been sold to over 200 territories worldwide.
Executive Producers for Dynamo Top Ten Greatest Moments and Dynamo Revealed are Hilary Rosen for UKTV, Lucy Ansbro at Phil McIntyre Productions and Dan Albion at Inner Circle Films. Both programmes will transmit at Christmas on Watch, with the fourth series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible following in 2014.
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