Discovery UK has announced the commission of three brand-new series: This Cop Life, The Saved & Remade Workshop and Scrapyard Millions (w/t).
Also commissioned are the return of Shed & Buried, Nick Knowles Heritage Rescue, Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car and Ed Stafford First Man Out, as well as spin-offs from Discovery’s franchises; Aussie Gold Hunters: Mine SOS and Opal Hunters: Outback Odyssey (w/t). The new and returning series drop on discovery+ and air across Discovery’s linear portfolio from March.
One of three new series to drop on discovery+, This Cop Life will also air on Really later this month. The series follows the next generation of Kent Police officers as they discover life on the beat is tougher than they could ever imagine. The 10×60 series is produced by Raw Cut.
Also premiering on Really is The Saved & Remade Workshop, a 15×60 series that sees host Amanda Lamb work with a team of experts as they transform disused or neglected items giving them a new lease of life and new meaning to their owners. The series, produced by Red Sky, plays on Really and discovery+ later this year.
Avalon-produced Scrapyard Millions (w/t), the 10×60 discovery+ and Quest series airing later this year, follows one of the most successful scrapyards in Britain and its owner, Terry Walker. Each episode explores the highs and lows of this family business, as it attempts to go global.
Alongside the line-up of brand-new series, discovery+ and Quest will see the return of HCA Entertainment-produced Shed & Buried this April. Featuring biker Henry Cole and his best friend, engineer Sam Lovegrove, the 20×30 fourth season resumes their quest to discover, fix and sell amazing vintage vehicles found in Britain’s sheds.
discovery+ and Quest will also welcome back Nick Knowles: Heritage Rescue, following a successful first season. Britain is home to some of the world’s most magnificent and historic buildings, but centuries of neglect and exposure have wrecked some of the most loved sites. Nick Knowles follows owners, custodians and artisans working to keep Britain’s heritage alive. The second season airs this summer.
Car dealer Mike Brewer and multi-skilled former F1 mechanic Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley are also back for a second series of Betty TV-produced 8×60 series Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car. They return to take on his toughest mission yet: to help deserving car enthusiasts trade up their rusty runarounds to the car of their dreams. The series drops on discovery+ this month.
Beach House Pictures’ Ed Stafford First Man Out also returns for a third series, as survival expert and explorer Ed Stafford takes on some of the world’s toughest survivalists in unforgiving locations including Kenya, the Amazon Jungle, China and the Scottish Highlands. In each episode of the 7×60 series, Stafford must beat his opponent to an extraction point in a five-day race, with just a knife in hand. The series lands on discovery+ and airs on Discovery Channel later this summer.
Alongside these brand-new and returning shows, following a February premiere of the fifth season of Outback Opal Hunters, Quest welcomes an exclusive spin-off show; Opal Hunters: Outback Odyssey (wt). The Prospero Production’s 6×60 series follows Outback Opal Hunters’ stars on a journey through Australia’s opal and gem hotspots. The spin-off dives into the story of James ‘JC’ Caruana, as he’s taken under the wing of outback opal legend, Rod Manning, to learn the secrets of opal mining and living in the outback.
Aussie Gold Hunters: Mine SOS is a 6×60 Quest spin-off of Aussie Gold Hunters, one of the biggest Extreme Job titles on discovery+. The Electric Pictures production sees gold guru Paul Mackie and his team of mining experts overhaul struggling mining operations and turn around the fortunes of miners who’ve fallen on hard times.
Both spin-offs will have their exclusive premieres on discovery+ later this year.
Simon Downing, SVP Marketing, Head of Factual & Docs UK at Discovery, said: “We’re delighted to bring a host of new series and returning favourites to Discovery in early 2022 Our factual slate includes some of our most loved franchises, back with exciting new spin-offs from both Outback Opal Hunters and Aussie Gold Hunters, as well as some hugely exciting new series focused on restoration and reuse, through Scrapyard Millions (w/t), to the survival of the fittest with Ed Stafford First Man Out. We look forward to delivering this wide-ranging content to both existing and new Discovery viewers, working with a host of the best production companies to bring these stories to both our linear and streaming offering.”
Clare Laycock, Clare Laycock, SVP Planning & Insights, Head of Entertainment at Discovery, said: “We are excited to introduce two great new series to our Lifestyle and Entertainment slate, both appealing to a wide range of audiences. This Cop Life shows the very real challenges of modern-day policing as we follow the officers of Kent whilst The Saved & Remade Workshop gives those with a passion for restoration their latest fix in this space with a fantastic line-up of talent. “
This Cop Life and The Saved & Remade Workshop were ordered by Clare Laycock and commissioned by Charlotte Reid.
Scrapyard Millions (w/t), Ed Stafford First Man Out, Shed & Buried, Nick Knowles Heritage Rescue, Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car, Aussie Gold Hunters: Mine SOS and Opal Hunters: Outback Odyssey (w/t) were ordered by Simon Downing and commissioned by Victoria Noble.
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