BBC Three announces new Top Gear-style series with young farmers racing TRACTORS
BBC THREE have announced a new Top Gear-style series, which will see young farmers racing "souped up" tractors.
The programme currently has the working title of The Fast and The Farmer(ish), a play on the racing action movie franchise Fast & Furious, starring Dwayne Johnson.
Teams from all across the UK and Northern Ireland will take part, with each episode seeing two groups fight against one another in their respective tractors in a bid to reach the final.
Real-life farmer, and online influencer Tom Pemberton will present the show – with the star running a hugely popular Instagram account that gives an insight into life on the farm.
The upcoming programme is the first commission to come out of BBC Three's partnership with BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.
The BBC further explained in a press release: "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.
"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."
BBC Three's controller Fiona Campbell added: "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.
"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."
And head of content commissioning at BBC Northern Ireland Eddie Doyle shared: "Alleycats [production company] 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."
The BBC aren't the only broadcaster to dabble with farm-themed TV programmes of late, with Channel 5's documentary series Our Yorkshire Farm a shock ratings hit last summer.
MTV reality show Celebs On The Farm also hit our screens this year, featuring the likes of Kerry Katona and Montana Brown.
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