History Channel expands UK commissions

Editor | 23-02-2013

A+E Networks and BSkyB joint venture the History channel has added two new British-based factual entertainment series to its slate.

Claimed to be the world's leading broadcaster of historical entertainment, History will now offer Banger Boys from OrionTV and Hoard Hunters from ITV Studios production.

The commission of Banger Boys, which is set to broadcast in April 2013, marks the expansion of motoring-themed programming on the channel, following US-based car series, Counting Cars. The series follows a banger racing team and will provide an insight into the world of banger racing in the UK.
In a similar vein to History’s most successful UK original series Mud Men, Hoard Hunters features the field of amateur archaeology and sees two metal detecting amateurs team up with archaeologist Mike Webber to embark on a quest to unearth hoards of treasure and unlock historical mysteries. Each week will show a fresh challenge at a new UK location, heading to sites where previous hoards have been found in an attempt to salvage what may have been left behind and maybe even find a whole new hoard.
Commenting on the commission, Rachel Job, head of acquisitions & commissioning, History at A+E Networks UK, said: “We’re very excited to add two new original UK commissions, Banger Boys and Hoard Hunters, to History’s list of varied content, continuing our focus on character driven series that feature amateur enthusiasts who are the best at what they do.”