Watch makes the unbelievable believable in The Happenings


UKTV's leading entertainment channel, Watch, continues its focus on bringing bigger and noisier shows to air by commissioning a brand new 4 X 60 mins series, The Happenings, which demonstrates how large-scale illusion can lead a whole community to believe in unexplained phenomenon.

Co-created by Objective Productions, the team behind Derren Brown?s BAFTA award-winning TV specials, and Crook Productions, airing December 2013, The Happenings, follows magicians, Barry and Stuart as they set about making the unbelievable believable to the unsuspecting residents of towns across the UK and America.

Each episode is a self-contained narrative event and features a number of mysterious incidents that play out over the course of a few weeks in four different towns. Whilst the local population are in the dark, the viewer is in on the act from the start, however, they can expect to be amazed and surprised by the incredible events as they unravel before them.

UKTV's Commissioning Editor Richard Watsham says

?The Happenings is a new type of narrative magic show that brings the most extraordinary movie scenes to life in front of bewildered onlookers. The outcome is a truly spectacular series that shows Watch can be as bold and innovative in entertainment as any other channel around.?

General Manager for Watch, Steve Hornsey adds

?We're delighted to be working with Objective Productions on this fantastic piece of event TV. The programme contains all the elements which makes Watch a unique viewing destination. Extraordinary and surprising content, that's out of the ordinary.?

Executive Producer, Matt Crook from Crook Productions said

"It's always exciting to bring a big new ambitious idea to Watch and push magic in an interesting and new direction."

The Happenings will be Executive Produced by Richard Watsham for UKTV, Matt Crook from Crook Productions and Andrew Newman from Objective Productions and will be overseen by Commissioning Editor, Richard Watsham.


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Notes to editors:

About Watch

Watch is an entertainment channel that promises to surprise with out of the ordinary programming. Premiering hit fantasy and science-fiction dramas such as Grimm, Beauty and the Beast, Masterchef Australia, Perception and Sanctuary, it also showcases a selection of distinctive series like Dr Who, Torchwood and Paranormal Witness. Watch is the exclusive home of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, an award winning original commission from UKTV. Where to find Watch: Sky 109 (HD)/155 and Virgin 125 (HD)/124. / @Watch_Channel

About UKTV

The multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers per month. UKTV's ten imaginative channel brands - Watch, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Eden, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home and Good Food - include the number one channel in the Factual genre, the number one channels in the Lifestyle genre (Pay and Free) and the most famous channel and programmes in the Entertainment genre. UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC and Channel 4 content, and embracing technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, TalkTalk on YouView, plus direct On Demand digital services. The network distributes its highly valued programmes to 200 territories around the world and supplies Sky with more hours of HD content than anyone else. Now celebrating its 21st 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 broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies