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UKTV flexes commissioning muscles and orders Eddie Eats America with Strongman, Eddie HallUKT

24/06/2019

24 June 2019 UKTV has joined forces with former Worlds Strongest Man in brand new UKTV Original, Eddie Eats America (12x30), for award-winning entertainment channel Dave.

The new series follows Eddie The Beast Hall, as he tries to conquer the biggest eating and strength challenges that America has to offer. Towering at 6ft 3in tall and weighing in at 26st, Eddie has to consume up to 12,000 calories a day to feed his extreme bodybuilding regime and will now take on everything the most calorific country on the planet can throw at him.

Eddie, 31 from Stoke-on-Trent, will take on iconic eating challenges across the United States, attempting to consume everything from New Yorks biggest sandwich - The Monster - to The Casian Crawfish Challenge in Houston, a 2lb bowl of crawfish cooked in one of the worlds spiciest peppers. To work up his appetite, Eddie also faces Americas toughest and most bizarre tests of strength, including an aeroplane pull, wrestling giant fish - and bending iron bars with his bare hands.

Eddie Eats America is commissioned for UKTV by Iain Coyle, Head of Comedy Entertainment. It was ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, genre general manager for comedy and entertainment. The series is executive produced by John Quinn for North One Television, Iain Coyle for UKTV, and will be distributed by All3Media International.

UKTVs Iain Coyle said:

Eddie is a big character, and I dont mean just because hes a big unit, although when he came in to see us, he needed two chairs, one for each buttock. What I was struck by was the strength of his personality and Im sure the eateries of North America will feel the power of that, as well as his ferocious appetite.

John Quinn, executive producer for North One Television said:

Eddie Hall has taken on some big challenges in the past, but nothing quite like these. America will push Eddie to his absolute limits - but were also asking ourselves, genuinely, is America ready for Eddie Hall?

Dave channel director, Luke Hales, said:

Eddie The Beast Hall is the perfect person to take Dave viewers on the ultimate competition of food and strength in super-size America. Good luck to him!

Eddie Eats America will TX on Dave later this year and will also be available on UKTV Play. It follows even more brand new UKTV Originals on Dave in 2019, including Sliced, Expedition with Steve Backshall, Hurricane Man, Hypothetical with Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, and the return of Judge Romesh, Porters, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and the award-winning Taskmaster.

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For more information please contact:

Amy Geoghegan, Front Desk Publicist, UKTV

About Dave

Freeview 19, Sky 111, Virgin 127, YouView 19, Freesat 157, BT & TalkTalk 19 On demand on UKTVPlay Ever since it was knee high to a TV remote, Dave had an idea. It wanted to be the first place viewers would come for brand-new, award-winning entertainment from the biggest and brightest stars and production companies in the UK. And in the years since, it has launched some of the most exciting and best-loved titles on TV.

There are names like BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Taskmaster - now in its ninth series -, Judge Romesh, Hypothetical, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and Comedians Giving Lectures. And of course theres Dave Gorman, whose inquisitive mind is returning to the channel for Terms and Conditions Apply. Its not just in front of the camera where the comic genius lies either, with a wealth of scripted treasure such as Sliced, Porters and the globally popular Red Dwarf.

Daves not content just to make you laugh and share gags with your mates though. Expedition with Steve Backshall and Hurricane Man are showing you regions and aspects of the earth never before seen on TV. Red Bull Soapbox continues to delight with its boundless capacity for invention. And stepping away from the TV entirely, Daves partnered with CALM to launch the Be The Mate Youd Want campaign and the Conversations Against Living Miserably podcast.

Reaching 20million viewers a month, Daves come a long way, but its only just getting warmed up.

dave.uktv.co.uk / @davechannel

About North One

For nearly 30 years, North One Television has been a globally recognised producer of world class factual entertainment, sports and live event TV programming, winning scores of awards - including three BAFTAs for its production of Formula One racing for ITV. Starting out as the sports TV wing of the Chrysalis Media Group, building a name with shows like C4s Football Italia and NBA coverage, the company soon spread into other genres, with factual entertainment brands such as C4s Top Ten archive shows and C5s long-running Fifth Gear and Gadget Show series. Among myriad other documentary, features and entertainment commissions, more recently North One has scored hits with Richard Ayoade: Travel Man (C4), all of the acclaimed Guy Martin TV projects (C4) - and several high profile series for UKTV, including Storage Hunters UK (Dave), The Story of Only Fools & Horses and How The Young Ones Changed Comedy (both GOLD).
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