WBD UK & Ireland Slates New Content for Linear, Streaming


Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) UK & Ireland has commissioned 50 hours of new and returning shows for its linear channels and discovery+, including a James May-fronted program and a host of titles featuring celebrity chefs.

The brand-new 8×60 series James May & The Dull Men’s Club (w.t.) will see the British television presenter and journalist team up with the Dull Men’s Club Facebook phenomenon, which celebrates the mundane things in life.

WBD UK & Ireland has also commissioned Ant Anstead: The Naked Mechanic (w.t.), a new 8×60-minute series produced by ITN Productions that combines car restoration with home renovation. James May & The Dull Men’s Club and Ant Anstead: The Naked Mechanic will air on Quest later this year.

Vinnie Jones in the Country will return for a second season after a successful first run. The Lime-produced, 6×60-minute series will see Jones stretch himself both financially and emotionally.

In true crime, Faking It will return. Andrew Tate: Icon or Toxic? A Faking It Special will look at Tate’s responses to his alleged crimes, which include charges of rape and human trafficking in Romania. Serial Killer Serial Liar Levi Bellfield: A Faking It Special investigates the confessions and crimes of convicted serial killer Levi Bellfield. 999 Murderer Calling (w.t.), a Shearwater-produced series, will also land on Quest Red later this year.

Tom Kerridge Secrets of the Pub Kitchen, a 10×30-minute series produced by Bone Soup, will invite viewers into the kitchen of the acclaimed British chef’s Michelin-starred pub. Sidney Street’s Roux Back Down the River, back for a second season, will see Michel Roux embark on a culinary voyage down the Thames. Both titles will air in September on Food Network.

Marcus in the Med: Mallorca, a 10×30-minute series produced by Plimsoll Productions, will debut in July.

Charlotte Reid, VP of commissioning for WBD UK & Ireland, said: “We are excited by this slate of new and returning series for both discovery+ and our linear channels. We’re delighted to be working with brilliant new and returning talent including James May, Ant Anstead, Vinnie Jones; some of the best chefs in the business with Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux and Marcus Wareing; as well as continuing to build on our successful Faking It series with new specials examining politics, popular culture and prolific crime.”