It’s Crop Gear! BBC Three announces new series that’s set to show teams of young farmers racing and doing challenges in ‘souped up’ TRACTORS
Groups of young farmers are set to star in a new BBC series which will follow them as they complete challenges and race in ‘souped up’ tractors.
The show, which has a working title of The Fast And The Farmer(ish), will feature teams from across Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Explaining a little about the concept of the show, the broadcaster detailed how each episode will see two groups fighting against each other in their rides to reach a final.
The Fast and the Farmer(ish)! Groups of young farmers are set to star in a new BBC series which will follow them as they complete challenges and race in ‘souped up’ tractors
The show, from production company Alleycats, is the first commission to come out of BBC Three’s partnership with BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.
It will be presented by real-life farmer Tom Pemberton, who runs his hugely popular Instagram account documenting farm life.
In a press release about the new show, the BBC said: ‘With 11 million people living in rural areas of the UK and about a quarter of these under 30, The Fast And The Farmer(ish) provides a glimpse into the lives of young farmers, in an entertaining new competitive series which showcases tractor-driving talent.
Hosting gig: The show will be presented by real-life farmer Tom Pemberton, who runs his hugely popular Instagram account Farm Life documenting his tasks on the farm
‘Each episode will see two teams of petrol heads and their ‘souped up’ tractors fight against each other in a series of challenges that puts their driving skill and vehicle power to the test.’
Across the series, teams from Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland will compete in heats, semis and a grand final, with the winner claiming overall bragging rights for their nation.
Fiona Campbell, controller of BBC Three, said: ‘The quality of ideas from the Northern Ireland sector has been astonishing and deciding which idea we took to series was not easy.
‘It’s exactly why this collaborative partnership exists and we’re really excited about The Fast And The Farmer(ish) and what it will bring to BBC Three.
Insight: Tom regularly posts snaps from his farm and will be there to guide the competing groups of young farmers competing (pictured with his fiancée Joanna)
‘We can’t wait to see the new pilots and we already know we’re in for an equally tough decision deciding which one we take forward.’
Eddie Doyle, head of content commissioning at BBC Northern Ireland, said: ‘Alleycats have done an amazing job with The Fast And The Farmer(ish), showing how rural competitiveness can be converted into high-octane entertainment that fits perfectly with BBC Three’s core brand.
‘We’re delighted that our work with BBC Three and Northern Ireland Screen has led to this wonderful new series and are equally excited about the upcoming set of pilots.’
Farm-themed shows have already proven popular with viewers over recent months and a wholesome documentary series about life on a Yorkshire farm topped the lockdown TV ratings last summer.
Going strong: Farm-themed shows have already proven popular over recent months and Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm (pictured) topped the lockdown TV ratings last summer
Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm was the most-watched programme in a 9pm slot for two weeks in a row, with its ratings surpassing those of rivals BBC One, ITV and Channel 4.
The programme, which was airing its third series, documents the lives of Amanda and Clive Owen and their nine children at a remote hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales.
The fourth episode of the series – aired on August 11 and filmed before lockdown – gained 2.23million live viewers, the Times reported.
This surpassed the 2.22m who watched a repeated episode from the first series of Line of Duty on BBC One, with its ratings also topping those of BBC Two, ITV and Channel 4.
A week later, on August 18, Our Yorkshire Farm topped the charts again with 2.19m viewers tuning in to watch the family battle two winter storms at Ravenseat farm.
Harsh: Earlier this month, the star of the Channel 5 show and sheepherder blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of children who cannot look after themselves
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