Friday 11th May 2018
UKTV's premium entertainment channel W has commissioned its first insight into the world of dating with brand new UKTV Original The Ultimate Matchmaker (8x60'). Produced by Ricochet, it follows the staff of a select dating agency in London where the clientele seemingly have it all - except "The One".
Help is on hand in the form of dating expert and matchmaker to the elite Lara Asprey, a woman who knows exactly what her super eligible clients are looking for - and how to make the perfect match. As we get to know Lara, her extraordinary team and all the affluent singletons looking for love, The Ultimate Matchmaker will give W viewers a unique insight into the glamorous world of high class dating.
The Ultimate Matchmaker is commissioned by Helen Nightingale, commissioning editor, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Executive producer for Ricochet is Emma Walsh and the series is directed by Claire Egerton-Jones and series produced by Sandy Watson.
Helen Nightingale said:
In the year that Prince Harry marries Meghan, don't we all just yearn for a love story with a fairy tale ending? This exciting new series for W is a funny and heart-warming peek into the extraordinary world of a very exclusive dating agency.
Steve North said:
We've wanted a show about dating ever since W was launched but we knew it had to be just right. We're really thrilled to have found the perfect match with A Very Exclusive Dating Agency and we know viewers will really respond to The Ultimate Matchmaker.
Emma Walsh said:
We're delighted to be working with W and look forward to a summer of big characters, glorious locations and oodles of glamour. What's not to love?
The Ultimate Matchmaker joins exciting programming for W in 2018, including a few new shows from the successful Inside The... strand - Inside The Ambulance and upcoming Inside The Vets, W's first drama Flack, starring Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin, Sex Knives and Liposuction fronted by Cherry Healey, and an imminent fourth series of in-depth chat show John Bishop: In Conversation With... __
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