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UKTV has announced plans to build on the successes of 2017, which saw record viewing figures across its channels and soaring ratings for Gold’s Murder on the Blackpool Express. The broadcaster intends to increase its total number of commissioned hours from indies by nearly a third, and will push into commissioned drama.
Ahead of the show’s launch, Yianni spoke to us about about wrapping cars, his Hollywood cameo and being smart on YouTube.
This week's top television includes the finale of comedy series The Detectorists, a documentary exploring a year in the life of deaf teenagers, a new French crime drama from Walter Presents, and a special two-part series of Taskmaster: Champion of Champions.
The programme, which has been a hit with UKTV audiences and earned nominations for RTS, Bafta and Emmy awards, began life on stage in Edinburgh, explained its creator, Alex Horne, at a sold-out event at the London Transport Museum.
Every month for a year, in the run-up to the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Horne asked a bunch of fellow comics to complete a daft task. “The first task I sent them was, ‘Deposit some money in my bank account – most money wins.’ Mark Watson put nearly £200 in; no one else got over a pound – and that funded the project.”
Former MMA fighter Michael ‘Venom’ Page opened proceedings, dancing his way around his opponent and mocking his rival’s woozy stumbling by pretending to stagger. The headline fight, which saw Olympian Joe Joyce face off against south London rival Ian Lewison, was similarly memorable as Joyce maintained a strong defense against his aggressive rival before mounting an offensive against his tiring opponent. Dave's inaugural Fight Night proved one thing: big personalities define Haye’s stable of fighters.
Documentary: Gordon Ramsey on Cocaine
Cocaine use is spiraling ot of control in the UK, says Gordon Ramsey, and the celebrity chef is on a mission to de-glamourise the drug. The UK now consumes more cocaine than anywhere else in Europe, he finds.
This week's TV picks includes new time travel comedy Timewasters, the return of BBC drama Our Girl, a doc exploring the crucial hour in a murder investigation, and celebrity fugitives in Celebrity Hunted.
It’s violent. It’s explosive. And it’s going out live on Dave, "the Home of Witty Banter".
The fight will be broadcast live on entertainment channel Dave from 9pm, and will feature three of Haye and Schafer’s new signings.
Heavyweight Olympic silver medallist Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce will headline the fight night as he makes his professional debut against fellow south Londoner and former WBO Inter-Continental Champion Ian Lewison. Lewison brings a lot of experience to the ring, and an impressive record of 12-3, with eight won by knockout.