BBC Studios’ Science unit has won its first order from UKTV and Dancing Ledge Productions has picked up a second series commission of its hospital comedy Porters from the broadcaster.

Cherry Healey is to present BBC Studios new documentary series, Sex, Knives and Liposuction (3×60’) for W, UKTV’s entertainment channel. The series is the first UKTV Original with  BBC Studios’ Science Unit.

The series will follow Healey as she immerses herself in the world of cosmetic surgery, and contemplates whether she herself should go under the knife on her personal mission to find body confidence.

Sex, Knives and Liposuction has been ordered by Steve North, genre general manager for entertainment and comedy and Richard Watsham, director of commissioning.  UKTV’s deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen has commissioned the show for W and will act as executive producer on behalf of the broadcaster. The series will be produced by BBC Studios with Robi Dutta as executive producer.

Sex, Knives and Liposuction joins the slate of recently announced UKTV Originals set to air in 2018 on W, including Emma Willis: Delivering Babies and its first ever drama Flack, plus an imminent fourth series of compelling in-depth chat show, John Bishop: In Conversation With…

UK based scripted production company, Dancing Ledge Productions, has been commissioned to make a second season of its comedy series Porters.
Created and written by Dan Sefton (Trust Me, Delicious, The Good Karma Hospital), hospital comedy Porters will return for a full series (6×40) on UKTV’s Dave. The series was commissioned by UKTV senior commissioning editor Pete Thornton, with full cast details for the returning series to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Last year’s three-part pilot series saw daydreaming wannabe doctor Simon (Ed Easton) trying to survive his first few months grafting in the subterranean basement world of the porters alongside Susan Wokoma’s Frankie, Claudia Jessie’s Nurse Lucy, Rutger Hauer’s Tillman, Jo Joyner’s Dr Kelly and Sanjeev Bhaskar’s Mr. Pradeep, with the premiere episode also including special appearances from Mat Horne and Kelsey Grammer.
Laurence Bowen, CEO, Dancing Ledge Productions, said, “We’re delighted that Porters is coming back for a second shift and look forward to sharing another round of stories from the comedy basement of St Etheldreda’s hospital. Dan Sefton’s gift for hilarious tales of medical mishap is second to none.”
Dan Sefton said: “For a writer, every TV series is like a new born baby- unique, precious and irreplaceable. So I’m grateful that, for another year at least, UKTV has chosen to adopt my child. Long live Porters!”
Pete Thornton, UKTV senior commissioning editor, said: “The first three episodes established the show as a firm favourite with comedy fans and we’re very much looking forward to witnessing the cast’s further adventures from the fertile imagination of one of the UK’s most successful and prolific writers of recent years.”

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