Watch serves up new formatted entertainment show

Humble pie

16 July 2015

The cooking competition where poker meets food presented by Melanie Sykes and judge Marco Pierre White - brand new 8x60' series

Award-winning media company UKTV has commissioned Humble Pie, a new formatted entertainment cooking show developed by RDF TV for premium pay entertainment channel, Watch. The brand new 8x60 series will be produced by Fizz, RDF Television's new entertainment label. Humble Pie will be presented by Melanie Sykes and judged by Michelin star chef, Marco Pierre White.

Humble Pie tests enthusiastic amateurs' culinary skills and self-belief. In each episode, four aspiring chefs are set three challenging cookery tests in the 'Humble Pie kitchen' to battle it out for an ultimate cash prize of £2,500.

But in a unique twist, after each round the competitors must ruthlessly critique each others dishes, judging them from worst to best. They then face a dilemma; eliminate themselves and 'cash-out' for a smaller exit fee if they think Marco will have rated their dish the worst, or stay in the game for the big cash prize but risk going home empty-handed.

UKTV Senior Commissioning Editor, Hilary Rosen said,

Melanie and Marco are a fantastic pairing and bring sugar and spice to this series. When Marco is revealed as the Humble Pie 'taster' the contestants are both terrified and excited. Humble Pie is a game of bluff and the tactics are as important as the cooking itself. The best chef doesn't always win.

Steve North, General Manager for Watch, commented,

This entertaining series combines great food with a compelling psychological twist. Not only are the contestants placed under huge stress to produce great food for none other than Marco Pierre White, but then they have to cope with the pressure of holding their nerve as they try to outwit their fellow competitors.

The joint Executive Producers are Jo Scarratt-Jones for RDF Television, and Peter Usher, Creative Director of Fizz.

Jo Scarratt-Jones, Executive Producer, RDF Television, said,

This is no ordinary cooking competition, it's gastronomic poker where the most riveting action may not necessarily take place in the kitchen.

Peter Usher, Creative Director, Fizz, added,

There's nothing tougher than cooking for Marco Pierre White, but even if our contestants fail in that challenge, the beauty of this show is that they can still bluff their way to victory.

Watch is UKTV's premium entertainment channel. New programming on Watch this year includes two brand new original commissions, World's Most Talented, a global talent show, and Singing in the Rainforest, which sees musicians travel across the globe to meet remote tribes and create an extraordinary music track together.?
Humble Pie has been commissioned by UKTV's Senior Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen and ordered by Watch's General Manager, Steve North. UKTV's Senior Commissioning Editor, Hilary Rosen will act as Executive Producer for UKTV.

RDF Television is a Zodiak Media company, and Zodiak Rights own worldwide rights to the format and the finished programmes. Humble Pie will TX on Watch later in 2015.

In 2014 Watch's adult share was up 13% year-on-year and the channel regularly attracts over 14 million viewers a month, helping to position the UKTV network as the fastest growing commercial broadcaster in Britain.


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About Watch

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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.

About 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.

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