23rd July 2014
UKTV's flagship pay entertainment channel Watch continues to grow its slate of original commissions with an exclusive 4 x 60' series with psychological illusionist Katherine Mills.
Katherine Mills: Mind Games blends Katherine's skills in mentalism, together with her love of magic, to perform stunning acts of mind control. The series has been commissioned by Hilary Rosen and is ordered by Watch General Manager Steve North. Objective Productions and Crook Productions will co-produce.
In each illuminating episode Katherine meets the British public and performs spectacular displays of mind magic that don't seem possible. We will see her examine the bond between parents and children; the relationship between twins; the connection between staff in a supermarket and the interaction between friends out to dinner or at the cinema. Katherine takes the everyday world around us and makes it extraordinary.
Katherine, who studied psychology and sociology, explains how we are all unconsciously influenced throughout our daily lives. Whether in supermarkets, restaurants, art galleries or in our homes she shows us how outside forces are often at work even when we think we are displaying free will.
The series will air in peak on Watch this autumn while Katherine Mills is currently featuring in CBBC's Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic.
watch's Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen said,
Objective Productions has a long-standing relationship with UKTV and makes some of the most innovative entertainment programmes on television. We were blown away by Katherine's talent and her charm, I expect the Watch audience will be too.
General Manager for Watch, Steve North, added,
This is a bold and unique programme for Watch. Katherine Mills is exceptional; her skills in mentalism combined with her background in psychology and experience in magic make for an exciting new entertainment series.
Executive Producer Matt Crook, added,
I'm excited to bring the fascinating area of mind illusion to Watch. This has been the hardest but most satisfying show I've ever been involved in.
In addition to Katherine Mills: Mind Games Watch viewers also have a brand new series of BAFTA-nominated Dynamo: Magician Impossible and five new factual entertainment shows, which make up watch's Format Labs strand, to look forward to this autumn.
Watch reaches over 14 million individuals a month (up 5% YoY) with top shows Grimm and Believe regularly achieving over half a million viewers. Almost Human launched on the channel at the beginning of May so far averaging 377,000 individuals, up 177% on slot.
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