Warner Bros. Discovery UK & Ireland has ordered nearly 100 hours of new and returning series that will debut across its linear channels, before dropping on discovery+, in the second half of 2024 and early 2025. 

STV Studios, North One, True North, Full Fat TV and Prospero have all won orders.

STV Studios has secured a 40-episode commission to produce a new series of The Yorkshire Auction House, Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House, and spin-off version, The Derbyshire Auction House, for the Really channel.

The commission includes the fifth series of hit show The Yorkshire Auction House fronted by auctioneer, Angus Ashworth. Across 23 new episodes, Angus will travel across the UK, clearing homes of unique treasures, whilst discovering the stories behind the objects and the people who owned them.

STV Studios will also produce a fourth 7 x 60’ series of Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House, which will see Angus joined by famous faces to hunt through cupboards for forgotten heirlooms and auction their once-prized possessions.

Really has also commissioned STV Studios to produce a brand new 10 x 60’ episode spin-off – The Derbyshire Auction House. Coming to Really in July, the show features antiques dealer, Irita Marriott, one of the few women in the country to helm an auction house, as she builds her business in the heart of South Derbyshire. Rare medals, an unassuming yet expensive clock, and a huge collection of tractors go under Irita’s gavel as she helps her vendors make money from unwanted or inherited collections.

In total, 40 hours of the Auction House franchise have been commissioned as part of the new order:

Craig Hunter, Creative Director of Factual at STV Studios, said: “We’re thrilled to be back in production with a new series of The Yorkshire Auction House and the popular celebrity version. It’s a much-loved format that holds great appeal for the Really audience, so the introduction of The Derbyshire Auction House, with Irita at the helm, is an exciting development for us and one we hope viewers will appreciate with equal enthusiasm.”

The French Antiques River Cruise is a brand-new 8×60 series for Quest, coming to the channel later this summer. The show will see antique dealer brothers Henry and Edward Vaughan set sail on an idyllic river cruise on the hunt for French treasures to take home to Stratford Upon Avon, where they’ll auction off for a profit. Produced by True North, The French Antiques River Cruise promises to showcase French antiques at unbeatable prices, as these savvy brothers know just where to look for the best bargains. 

Really will also show the seventh series of The Bad Skin Clinic. Dermatologist Dr Emma Craythorne is back in action, transforming the lives of those suffering from debilitating skin conditions. Filming at the private medical practice of One Welbeck London, each story will be driven by the tension that builds up before, during and after Dr. Emma works her magic, with patients experiencing transformational treatments in her highly capable hands. The 10×60 series produced by Full Fat TV will air later this year.  

Quest will see the return of the longest-running car magazine series on air, Fifth Gear, later this year. Fronted by Jason Plato, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Rory Reid, the new series will feature exclusive first drives of the latest models, fan-favourite items including high speed head-to-head track tests, secondhand heroes, iconic road trips and even the occasional special guest. Jason, Vicki and Rory will continue to provide insights and consumer take-outs for any prospective buyer or driver, but in items packed with entertainment. This 6×60 series is produced by North One. 

Also returning to Quest, Outback Opal Hunters is back for its eighth season with 20×60 episodes of the new season produced by Prospero Productions, set to air later this summer. Fans of the long-standing format will witness the emergence of new partnerships and new generations adopting cutting-edge technology to unearth the most elusive gemstone on the planet. With the teams facing unprecedented weather extremes, including record-breaking floods and heatwaves, the miners must evolve to hunt the most alluring of gems, as opal reserves hit a critical low. 

Charlotte Reid, VP Commissioning at WBD UK & Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming a slate of new and returning series for our linear portfolio. The brand-new The French Antiques River Cruise series coming to Quest adds to our existing lineup of antique and salvage titles, so too does a bumper line-up of the Auction House format with the fifth season of the Yorkshire Auction House, the third season of Celebrity Yorkshire Auction House and the new spin-off series The Derbyshire Auction House. We are also excited to see the return of some of our most popular franchises, including Bad Skin Clinic and Outback Opal Hunters, as well as the return of Fifth Gear.” 

The series were ordered by Clare Laycock and commissioned by Charlotte Reid.  


Staff Reporter

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