Yesterday, Britain's biggest factual channel, has announced a co-production deal with Indigo Films & Television for a new and intriguing series, Professor Hutton?s Curiosities.
The 12 x 30' series takes viewers on a journey with enthusiastic academic and historian, Professor Ronald Hutton, to the unsung gems of British museums. Each episode features a different museum that is bursting with little known history and full of curious and bizarre objects.
The Magic Circle Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology, Pollock?s Toy Museum, and the Freud Museum all feature in this series, which shines a spotlight on Britain's rich history of museums. Most of these ?secret? museums are housed in small buildings, tucked away from the mainstream in hidden corners of our cities.
The deal was negotiated by UKTV's Acquisitions Executive Emma Sparks and is scheduled for Q2 2013, she commented: ?We are delighted to work with Indigo Films & Television on this quirky and fascinating new series. It is also a privilege to have Professor Hutton, a leading authority on history of the British Isles, using his expertise and eccentric character to guide us through Britain's most intriguing museums.?
David Lawley, Manager Director of Indigo Films & Television says: ?Working with UKTV is always a great pleasure, and we are thrilled to be a part of a series that showcases Britain's unique curiosities. It is the perfect hybrid programme for those looking to be entertained but also to learn about Britain's bizarre but mesmerising history. We have found this programme to be one of our most intriguing to date and we are very excited for it to be shown on Yesterday.?
Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday, said: ?Professor Hutton?s Curiosities is weird and wonderful, which will appeal to both history lovers and those looking for a dose of light entertainment. It is an exciting addition to Yesterday?s line-up of engaging and dynamic programming in Q2 2013, which already includes Secret Life Of?, Mummy Mysteries and Alexander?s Lost World.?
Yesterday has already enjoyed an impressive start to the year thanks to the brand new series Black Ops, which averaged an opening audience of 389,000 adults, and achieved a 2.1% audience share, and Raiders of the Lost Past, with the premiere episode reaching 572,000 adults.
For more information please contact:
Emily Jones, Publicist, Factual
020 7299 6284 Emily.Jones1@uktv.co.uk
Notes to Editors
About Yesterday (Freeview 19, Sky 537, and Virgin Media 203)
Showcasing new series such as Raiders of the Lost Past, Mafia?s Greatest Hits, Medieval Dead and Instruments of Death ? Freeview channel Yesterday seeks to redefine what history is. Other popular series Find My Past, Great British Ghosts and Museum Secrets and Yesterday also celebrated the swinging sixties with its Spirit of the Sixties Season. The season featured a diverse range of programmes including original commissions From Blackpool to Benidorm, I Was A Jet Set Stewardess and Cilla?s Unswung Sixties which became Yesterday?s highest rated commission to date.
UKTV is a major industry player and one of the most important and successful multichannel providers in the UK. Formed in 1997, it is an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI).
Attracting over 41 million viewers each month, the network consists of 10 distinctive channel brands ? Watch, Gold, Dave, alibi, Yesterday, Blighty, Eden, Home, Really and Good Food ? offering a broad range of quality programming across entertainment, lifestyle and factual. UKTV currently operates 25 broadcast streams when its eight multiplexes and five HD channels are taken into account, and 11 highly successful websites. The network also runs video on demand (VOD) services on Sky and BT Vision and is part of TalkTalk on YouView. In addition, UKTV recently launched its own ?On Demand? services with Dave On Demand and Yesterday On Demand.
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