Northumberland comic Ross Noble has been commissioned to present three 60-minute entertainment programmes for Dave.

Ross Noble: All Torque will see the comic taking part in the Scottish Six Day Trial, which is considered one of the oldest and most difficult motorbike races in the world.

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Grain Media is the producer, with Jon Drever directing. UKTV-owned Dave has already worked with Noble on Ross Noble Freewheeling.

Steve North, Dave general manager, said: “Ross is a talent we all love here at Dave, and it’s hugely exciting to be working with the award-winning team at Grain Media.

“The combination of comedy, motorsport and endurance will be a gripping and entertaining take on such an awesome challenge.”

The commission comes after UKTV partnered with Channel 4 to launch a multi-million pound innovation fund and pledged to increase its investment in original programming.