UKTV’s Dave has commissioned North One to make a new series featuring the former World’s Strongest Man, Eddie “The Beast” Hall.

Eddie Eats Christmas (4×30’) will see the 6ft 3in, 26st colossus take on eating challenges featuring traditional Christmas foods from a variety of communities based around the UK in each episode. These include the ‘12 Dishes of Christmas’, beloved of Polish families the world over, a colossal South American barbecue meat-feast and a famed three–kilo naan bread challenge at one of Bradford’s finest curry houses. Eddie will also burn off the calories he has consumed with a festive-themed physical challenge – taking on tests involving yule-logs, Santa-van pushes and even good old Christmas trees.

The new Christmas specials follow the UKTV Original series, Eddie Eats America, which saw the strongman from Stoke-on-Trent go Stateside to attempt a series of eating and physical challenges.

Eddie Eats Christmas is commissioned for UKTV by head of comedy entertainment, Iain Coyle and ordered for Dave by Luke Hales, Dave channel director. Richard Watsham is UKTV’s director of commissioning, and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. The series is executive produced by John Quinn for North One Television, with Chris Amess producing and directing. The series will be distributed by All3Media International.

UKTV’s Iain Coyle said, “I’m delighted that Eddie’s appetite is large enough to attempt another series with us. I’m really looking forward to seeing him chomp his way through some massive, culturally diverse, festive dinners.”

John Quinn, executive producer for North One Television said, “Eddie’s back in really serious training again – up to three hours a day – so we’re fully expecting him to have an even bigger appetite than last time – he’s certainly going to need it, with the gargantuan international feasts coming his way.”

Dave channel director, Luke Hales, added, “Dave viewers love a character, and they literally don’t come much bigger than Eddie! It’s great to see Eddie taking on more food and physical challenges for the channel and it’s a real pleasure to be working with him and North One again.”

Jon Creamer

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