UKTV invests in Exploration Volcano for Dave


21 October 2020

  • back2back wins investment from UK and US broadcasters for a trio of shows
  • New series Exploration Volcano for Dave and BBC Earth

Brighton-based back2back Productions has announced a brand-new action adventure series set to air on UKTV's entertainment channel Dave, and BBC Earth next year.

Exploration Volcano (WT) (8x60') explores the most active lava volcanoes on Planet Earth. The series has received pre-investment from UKTV thanks to a deal brokered by acquisitions manager Daniel Thomas.

Exploration Volcano is presented by 'extreme volcanologist adrenaline junkie' Christopher Horsley, a volcano access specialist, photographer and expedition guide. Local teams on the ground at volcanoes across the globe, from DRC to Nicaragua, Ethiopia to Philippines are in pre-production ready to start filming in early 2021. Horsley appeared in back2back's third season of World's Deadliest Weather for BBC Earth, and was widely recognised as new talent in the action adventure genre. Adventure filmmaker Caroline Menzies is series producer on the new series with Hat Trick International managing global rights to sell the show internationally.

All deals were brokered by David Notman-Watt, founder and managing director of back2back who will also act as executive producer on all the series.

Notman-Watt said:

It's important to say that we're proud and grateful that, in these uncertain times, we have been given the opportunity to bring an important and fascinating concept in action adventure and incredible new talent like Christopher to screens. We'll be documenting our ever-changing environments for scientific study, while pioneering the most innovative technology on the market. All three series are exceptional and will 100% repay everybody's faith in them.

For more information, please contact:
Ali Laurie, Network Communications Executive, UKTV

About back2back Productions

back2back Productions is a wholly independent, full-service TV production company that specialises in factual-entertainment series and documentaries. With a formidable development and production team and top-of-the-range edit and filming facilities, back2back creates irreverent, unexpected and exciting films for both UK and international broadcasters.

Recent productions include Mega Shippers Series 3 (Discovery) The World's Deadliest Weather Series 4 (BBC Earth/Spike), The World's Deadliest Drivers 2 (BBC Brit/Discovery), Help! My House is Haunted! Series 2 (UKTV), Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (BBC) and The Royals Revealed (Five/Ch10).

About Dave

Sky 111/811, Virgin 127/194, Freesat 157, Freeview, BT & TalkTalk 19, Freesat 157
Dave Ja Vu: Sky 211, Virgin 211, Freeview 79, BT & TalkTalk 79
On demand on Sky, Virgin and UKTV Play

Ever since it was knee high to a TV remote, Dave had an idea. It wanted to be the first place viewers would come for brand-new, award-winning entertainment from the biggest and brightest stars and production companies in the UK. And in the years since, it has launched some of the most exciting and best-loved titles on TV. There are names like BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Taskmaster - now in its ninth series -, Judge Romesh, Hypothetical, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and Comedians Giving Lectures. And of course there's Dave Gorman, whose inquisitive mind is returning to the channel for Terms and Conditions Apply. It's not just in front of the camera where the comic genius lies either, with a wealth of scripted treasure such as Sliced, Porters and the globally popular Red Dwarf.

Dave's not content just to make you laugh and share gags with your mates though. Expedition with Steve Backshall and Hurricane Man are showing you regions and aspects of the earth never before seen on TV. Red Bull Soapbox continues to delight with its boundless capacity for invention. And stepping away from the TV entirely, Dave's partnered with CALM to launch the "Be The Mate You'd Want" campaign and the "Conversations Against Living Miserably" podcast.

Reaching 20million viewers a month, Dave's come a long way, but it's only just getting warmed up.

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and scripted drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

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