UKTV’s BAFTA award-winning series Big Zuu’s Big Eats will be back and bigger than ever for a fourth series (8×40′) this Autumn on Dave and UKTV Play. TV chef and presenter Big Zuu returns with friends Tubsey and Hyder as they fire up the food truck at Big Eats HQ. In a twist on the critically-acclaimed format, Zuu’s dinner guests will now come to the Big Eats house for the ultimate foodie experience. The series is produced by Boom, part of ITV Studios, in association with Big Zuu’s production company Big Productions Ltd.
Big Zuu said; “I’m so gassed that Big Eats is going again. Winning not one but two BAFTAs for it last year was just incredible, and then getting nominated twice again this year has just made Tubsey, Hyder and I even more excited to get back to it. This series will be another co-production between Boom and my own production company, Big Productions Ltd, so it’s an even more personal project for me. Roll on series 4!”
Since launching on Dave in 2020, Big Zuu has cooked 88 dishes, inspired by 24 guests and 25 nations from 22 different locations across the UK and earned rave reviews. And it’s not just the celebs who love the show, Big Zuu’s Big Eats has enjoyed standout success with multiple award wins including BAFTA’s for Features and Entertainment Performance last year and a number of wins and nominations for Broadcast Digital Awards, RTS, BPG and Broadcast Awards.
Series three saw Zuu, Tubsey and Hyder invite their guests into the food truck to help kickstart their own Big Eats banquet from Johnny Vegas making a halal-friendly spam burger and the boys taking over Katherine Ryan’s kitchen to Fathia El-Ghorri cooking up a morrocan storm in the Oval car park and a St Lucien feast for Joseph Marcell (aka Geoffrey the butler from Fresh Prince of Bel Air). Determined to bring flavour from all over the world to a national audience, Big Zuu will once again welcome his guests into the Big Eats food truck before the Big Eat finale somewhere in the new HQ.
Big Zuu’s Big Eats series four is commissioned by Emile Nawagamuwa, UKTV commissioning executive, and ordered for Dave by Cherie Hall, Dave channel director and Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning. Executive producer for Boom and Big Productions is Alex Gilman, with Chris Faith returning as director.
Emile Nawagamuwa said; “There is nothing quite like this series on TV and it’s a measure of its many enduring qualities that we are moving to a fourth iteration. We will raise the levels again and embark on a more dynamic, more inventive and more ambitious chapter. Working with Zuu, Tubsey, Hyder and a production team that deliver something truly unique, time after time, is a total joy.”
Cherie Hall added; “Watching Big Zuu’s Big Eats always brings a smile to my face. His charisma and energy is infectious. This series is going to feel even more escapist, and I’m really excited about the fun this show will bring to Dave.”
Alex Gilman, Executive Producer for Boom and Big Productions, said; “Whether it’s been from a car park in Edmonton, aboard HMS Victory, or in a Kurdish restaurant in Huddersfield, making this show alongside Zuu, Tubsey, Hyder, and the whole team has been an incredible journey and we’re absolutely delighted that the good people at Dave are welcoming us back to make a fourth series. And with the boys now inviting guests into their new HQ, things are set to get even spicier.”
Big Zuu’s Big Eats series four will air on Dave and UKTV Play later this year. The first three series and Christmas specials can be enjoyed on UKTV Play alongside a whole host of recent UKTV Originals including World’s Most Dangerous Roads and returning series Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Meet the Richardsons.