UKTV has greenlit Scouting for Toys (10×60′), an observational documentary series set to air on Yesterday in 2022.

Produced by BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit, Scouting for Toys follows Vectis Toys Auctioneers in County Durham, where buyers and sellers from all over the world come to trade toys, from Star Wars figures to vintage dolls.

The series discovers how toys are valued and catalogued ahead of their weekly auctions, and meets the passionate people selling the treasured collections they’ve amassed over decades.

The UKTV Original series has been commissioned by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Yesterday’s channel director Gerald Casey. Richard Watsham is UKTV’s director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager for entertainment and comedy.

The executive producers for Scouting for Toys are Alan Holland and Ben Mitchell for BBC Studios.

UKTV’s Hilary Rosen said: “At UKTV, we’re delighted to commission Scouting for Toys from BBC Studios Production, taking our viewers on a nostalgic journey back to their favourite childhood toys, from Sindy dolls and Thunderbirds figures, to Matchbox cars and treasured teddies.”

BBC Studios’ Head of Documentary Unit Alan Holland said: “This is the Documentary Unit’s first commission for Yesterday channel and we are delighted to collaborate with UKTV for the first time. Scouting for Toys is being made out of our Salford production base as it was important to us that we had northern film makers telling this brilliant story through a unique northern lens.”



Jon Creamer

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