BBC2 has tapped Arrow Media to produce The Hairy Bikers: Rebuilding Industrial Britain (w/t), a 3 x one-hour series set to air in the fall.
The commission sees Arrow Media take on presenter-led programming, while Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers, move into a different kind of documentary programming.
Mentorn Media previously produced Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure. Meanwhile, The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, which premiered in 2006, is a copro between VIXPIX Films and Big Bear Films.
The Hairy Bikers: Rebuilding Industrial Britain will see the duo travel around the UK on vintage motorbikes as they restore the machines that kept industrial Britain moving.
The series will cover themes ranging from agriculture and transport to industry, as the bikers uncover secrets of their past and get a sense of what life was like for their forefathers.
Executive producers for the series are Tom Brisley, creative director for Arrow Media, and Tom McDonald for the BBC.
“Arrow wants to do smart new things with well-known talent. In Rebuilding Industrial Britain we have done just that – bringing a different side of Dave and Si’s passion, interests and past to the BBC audience,” said Brisley. “Added to this we were able to give science and history a mainstream spin opening up the gems of a bygone era to new audiences.”
“Si’s grandfather worked in the pits as a winchman and my family were ship workers in Barrow-in-Furness, or the ‘Chicago of the North’ as it was known,” added Myers. “My mum kept links to the shipyards working as a crane driver and rediscovering more about my family’s past will be an emotional journey as I’ll get a glimpse of what their lives were really like.”