A+E Networks® UK, RMC Decouverte have joined forces with production company Just Might Ltd via distributor TCB Media Rights to co-produce a new motoring series: Flipping Bangers. It will premiere on the broadcaster’s free-to-air network, BLAZE®, in the UK in early 2018.
The 10x60’ series follows petrol-head pals Will Trickett and Gus Gregory as they go hunting for neglected cars to fix and ‘flip’ for a profit. If the duo take a loss, all costs come out of their own pockets.
BLAZE, the free-to-air channel which launched in the UK in September 2016, is the first non-pay TV channel from A+E Networks UK and is available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin in over 21 million homes across UK and Ireland. It is currently the fastest growing male channel on Freeview (source: BARB).
The series was ordered by A+E Network UK’s Elena Anniballi, Director for BLAZE and Dan Korn, VP of Programming.
Elena Anniballi said: A year since its UK launch, BLAZE is going from strength to strength so we are very keen to build on this momentum by programming local content for the brand. We know that BLAZE viewers are passionate about cars, so we are delighted to co-produce this exciting new format.
Gus Gregory is a respected motoring photographer who has a long-term love of cars and motorbikes and has built and restored several cars. Will Trickett is a designer and boat builder who has featured in numerous TV shows including Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home and the HISTORY UK commission Ultimate Wheels.
Dan Allum from Just Might Ltd is executive producer of Flipping Bangers and previously created the hugely successful Wheeler Dealers franchise. Dan Allum says: Motoring fans have been crying out for a fresh motoring ‘team’ that is honest, credible and talks to the audience on their terms. When filming with Gus and Will, it’s clear they have an unbeatable chemistry and inexhaustible charm. This partnership, in a fresh new format, is going places.
Quote from Paul Heaney at TCB Media Rights: As soon as BLAZE got going we were keen to work with them to see what their programming needs were. Along with our friends in France, RMC Decouverte, we developed a show with Dan at Just Might Productions, using all of their experience to get a potentially long running car series under way.
Flipping Bangers (w/t) is currently in production and will be distributed by TCB Media Rights.