Scripps' U.K. Food Network, Channel 4 Cook up Deal for Celebrity Chef Shows


The network's U.K. version of the channel will get shows hosted by Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal in the three-year deal.

LONDON – Scripps Networks International has sealed a multi-year programming deal with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 to bring some of Britain's most popular TV chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal, to its Food Network in the U.K.

The network will air eight programs, bringing Oliver and Blumenthal, among others, to the channel for the first time.

Also expanding her presence on the U.K.’s most popular lifestyle channel, Nigella Lawson will have four series airing under the agreement, including the first two seasons of award-winning classic Nigella Bites, as well as Nigella Bites Christmas Special and Forever Summer.

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Meanwhile, Scripps' Travel Channel will host season four of Channel 4's A Place in the Sun and schedule three series of the daytime show Celebrity Coach Trip.

Financial terms of the content deal weren't disclosed.

Scripps Networks International senior vp content and marketing, U.K. and EMEA Nick Thorogood said: "We are delighted to be working with Channel 4 and welcome the chance to bring some of the best of British talent, Jamie and Heston, who are already such incredible household names, to the Scripps onscreen family. We’re sure that our viewers will enjoy these great new additions to our already popular schedules."

BAFTA award-winning television chef Oliver will be featured on the Food Network in Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, Jamie’s Christmas Special and Jamie’s Fish Supper Special.

Blumenthal, a three-Michelin-starred chef, will share his expertise with viewers in How to Cook Like Heston.

Channel 4 director of commercial & business development Laurence Dawkin-Jones said: "We’re delighted to be collaborating with global market leaders Scripps Networks International so that even more viewers can enjoy these iconic Channel 4 lifestyle programs. Through deals like this one we are delivering value back to producers and generating revenue we can reinvest into programming."

The three-year, 10-series deal was brokered by Steve Fright and Kathy Fairbairn for Scripps Networks International and Barbara Bellini, rights consultant for Channel 4.

The programs will air throughout the coming year.