Friday 14th July 2017
Award-winning comedian and actor Nick Helm joins UKTV channel Dave as he sets off on a highly personal culinary journey around the UK and Europe in this brand-new UKTV Original series, Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm (16x30').
Nick loves food and can't quite believe that Dave has invited him to make a show all about food and what it means to him. But when his girlfriend dumps him at the start of the series, Nick must come to terms with his newfound single status whilst making his new show - visiting one city at a time, finding food, eating food and sharing it with the new acquaintances and old friends he meets along the way.
Nick Helm said,
I've always had a love of people, food and food shows and making this one was deeply personal to me. Not only did I get to meet some of my heroes, but I got to work with and eat with some of my oldest and closest friends, favourite comedians and David Trent. I think the team and I have managed to make a show that puts a fresh, funny and entertaining spin on a familiar format whilst at the same time showcasing the joy, passion and personalities that go into creating some of the delicious food that this world has to offer.
Soho, Leeds, Berlin, Paris, Glasgow, Essex and Brighton are just some of the places he'll venture to on his food odyssey. From the dinner tables of unsung home cooks to cafes, from restaurants to hidden bars, street eats and food trucks, Nick dives in and tries everything. Except eggs. He hates eggs.
Who knows. Maybe, just maybe, by the end of the series he'll have eaten himself better.
Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm is ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, general manager for Dave. Commissioned by Iain Coyle, the North One and Showem co-production is written and presented by Nick Helm. The series is created and executive produced by Simon Goodman, while Steve Gowans and John Quinn are the executive producers for North One. Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm is directed by Marcus Liversedge and Tom McKay and will air in August on Dave.
Iain Coyle, UKTV senior commissioning editor, said,
I'm really proud of this show, it's a unique mix - part food show, part sitcom, part reality and it's proper funny. A really warm and clever bit of telly and a real credit to Nick and the production team.
Simon Goodman, executive producer for Showem, said, This show is about how there is more to food than just how it looks on Instagram. A great plate of food can unite strangers, reconnect old friends and help people follow their dreams. It's also given Nick Helm a reason to get up in the morning.
Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm is the latest early peak time commission from Dave, the channel has had recent successes with UKTV Originals The Joy of Techs and Used Car Wars. The channel continues to increase its UKTV Original offering across the schedule with new series of Taskmaster, Zapped, Red Dwarf and Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, plus brand new shows Porters and Don't Say It, Bring It coming later this year. Dave is also furthering its live sport offering, committing to bring five live boxing matches to free television in the next year, in partnership with David Haye and Richard Schaefer's Hayemaker Ringstar.
NOTES TO EDITORS
For more information and interviews with Nick Helm, please contact: Ben Duncan, UKTV Publicist
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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, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit 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, fantasy comedy Zapped! and Celebrity Storage Hunters.
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Showem is a format driven production company, founded by Simon Goodman. In 2016 Showem created two of All4's highest rated online series to date (Young Swingers and hidden camera body painting series Naked And Invisible which went viral in May 2017, smashing the network's record for social media engagement, reaching 120 million views in the space of one week. Other tv credits include Memory Slam for Watch (a co-production with North One).
About North One
For over 25 years, North One has been recognised as a global producer of world class entertainment, factual, digital, sport and live event programming. As well as long-running series Fifth Gear and The Gadget Show, North One has more recently scored hits with Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip (BBC), -Storage Hunters UK_ (UKTV), Travel Man (C4), Ronnie O'Sullivan's American Hustle (History) and all of the acclaimed Guy Martin TV projects (C4), as well as MotoGP (BT Sport) and award-winning coverage of the Isle of Man TT (ITV).