Friday 4th September 2015
Award-winning media company UKTV today announced it has greenlit Twofour to make new factual entertainment format, Get Me To The Church (6 x 60'), for its premium pay entertainment channel, Watch.
Get Me To The Church sees a bride or groom and their friends dumped, in a far-flung corner of the world, following the ultimate pre-wedding party. Stripped of their possessions, with no local knowledge and unable to speak the language, they face the ultimate deadline: to get to the church on time. Car, camel, train or plane - how the group get back is up to them and if they succeed, they win an incredible luxury five-star honeymoon.
Every episode tells the story of a different couple's impending wedding, with either the bride or the groom and friends desperately trying to make it back in time for the ceremony. That leaves their other half at home with the responsibility of getting everything ready for the wedding. But it's not just a comic caper, as the time slips away and the pressure mounts we'll find out more about the happy couple and why they really are made for each other.
Get Me To The Church is executive produced by UKTV's Helen Nightingale and ordered by Watch's General Manager, Steve North and UKTV's Director of Commissioning, Richard Watsham. The executive producer for Twofour is Dan Adamson and series producer is Sarah Veevers.
Helen Nightingale, UKTV Executive Producer, said,
Get Me To The Church is a series with bags of heart, it's got challenges, adventure, romance and comedy, all the vital ingredients for a great watch.
Steve North, commented,
This adventurous and funny show plays on the premise of films like The Hangover, capturing that feeling of fish-out-of-water and a race against time. The show will resonate with our audience as most of our viewers have been to a wedding and know the planning and effort that goes into it - and the risk of either the bride or groom not making it to the venue on time will have people on the edge of their seats. These marriage hopefuls stepping out of their comfort zone and attempting the challenge of a lifetime is perfect for Watch.
New programming on Watch this year includes the hotly-anticipated Singing in the Rainforest, which sees musicians travel across the globe to meet remote tribes and create an extraordinary music track together, as well as new factual entertainment show Honey I Bought The House and ABC Studios Secrets and Lies.
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Watch is an entertainment channel that promises to surprise with out-of-the-ordinary programming. Premiering hit fantasy and science-fiction dramas such as The Strain, Grimm and Beauty and the Beast, it also showcases a selection of distinctive series like Doctor Who, David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities and Masterchef Australia. Watch is the exclusive home of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, an award winning original commission from UKTV.
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches 42 million viewers a month. UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £283m and EBITDA of £74.1m. It invested £123m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity. UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories. Now celebrating its 22nd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.