The hit US comedy, Parks and Recreation has finally found a new home on UK television. UKTV’s Dave has acquired the rights for the final four seasons of the show and will start airing episodes this summer.
In comparison to the show’s thriving cult fanbase in America, British fans have been missing out after the first three seasons were sparsely broadcast on BBC Four. The show’s shift to such a mainstream channel as Dave is therefore very promising.
Head of Acquisitions for UKTV, Alexandra Finlay said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with NBCUniversal on this deal. As an award-winning comedy with a superb cast, Parks and Recreation is a fantastic addition to Dave’s scripted acquisition slate.”
The General Manager for the channel, Steve North, also expressed his excitement, stating that “Parks and Recreation feels like it was written for Dave; the wit and humour fits perfectly on the channel and will be a great addition to the slate.”
The show, created by The US Office showrunners Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, the perky deputy director of the Parks Department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. The series acted as a star vehicle not only for Poehler, but also for many of the supporting cast, including Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari and most notably, Chris Pratt – who has since gone on to appear in blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World.
Seasons 4 and 5 will begin to air on Dave from Monday 27th July, while seasons 6 and 7 are set to follow in Summer 2016.