“Hairy Bikers” heading to U.S.

BBC Worldwide Productions is bringing the popular international format to U.S. net History, with a premiere slated for October 14. (Pictured: the U.S. version of Hairy Bikers)
September 14, 2011

(Photo: left, Paul Patrenella; right, Bill Allen. Credit: Ryan Booth)

The Hairy Bikers format is heading to the U.S., via BBC Worldwide Productions and History.

Originally launched in the BBC and featuring David Myers and Simon King, the American version, slated to premiere on October 14, will feature Paul Patrenella, a four-star, classically trained French chef, and motorcycle mechanic Bill Allen.

The series will serve as a food travelog with a historical flair, as the Bikers blaze their trails across the U.S. to cook and eat with the locals in assorted towns and, according to History, “immerse themselves in local American history and long-standing traditions.”

They will also do whatever it takes to bring food to the table on their journey, including cleaning roadkill, harvesting wheat for beer and tracking down wild boars.

The title has been sold in more than 160 territories worldwide, including Australia, China, Egypt, Italy, Norway, Slovenia and Taiwan. The original BBC2 series has finished its eighth season.

The executive producer for the series is Dawn Fitzgerald. Executive producer for History is Julian P. Hobbs, and exec producers for BBC Worldwide Productions are Elli Hakami and Jane Tranter.

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