From left to right: Coralie Jo, Tod Russel Wepley, Lara Asprey, Danio Domingues and B Mcormac Tramp Club London, August 29th 2018

W falls for The Ultimate Matchmaker

London, 11th May 2018: UKTVÕs premium entertainment channel W has commissioned its first insight into the world of dating with brand new UKTV Original The Ultimate Matchmaker (8×60Õ). Produced by Ricochet, it follows the staff of a select dating agency in London where the clientele seemingly has it all Ð except ÒThe OneÓ.

Help is on hand in the form of dating expert and elite matchmaker Lara Asprey, a woman who knows exactly what her super eligible clients are looking for Ð and how to make the perfect match. As we get to know Lara, her extraordinary team and all the 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, ÔIn the year that Prince Harry marries Meghan, donÕt 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.Ó

Steve North said, ÒWeÕve wanted a show about dating ever since W was launched but we knew it had to be just right. WeÕre really thrilled to have found the perfect match and we know viewers will really respond to The Ultimate Matchmaker.Ó

Emma Walsh said, ÒWeÕre delighted to be working with W and look forward to a summer of big characters, glorious locations and oodles of glamour. WhatÕs not to love?Ó

The Ultimate Matchmaker joins exciting programming for W in 2018, including the continuing success of the Inside TheÉ strand with Inside The Ambulance and the upcoming Inside The Vets, plus WÕs 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 WithÉ

For more information please contact:
Ben Duncan, Publicist, UKTV
Kerry Goode, Head of Network Comms, UKTV
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