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The Speedshop revs up for BBC series

February 9, 2022

BBC Factual commission The Speedshop is back for a full series. First broadcast in 2020 as a pilot episode, The Speedshop, sees Titch Cormack and his team take on a range of mechanical challenges, converting broken and battered verhicles into beautiful, bespoke machines – ready for adventurous test drives.

The Speedshop follows custom vehicle builder Titch, who left a ten-year career in UK Special Forces (Special Boat Service) where he specialised in vehicle mobility, to follow his dream, designing, building, and selling custom vintage motorcycles and cars. The new series will see Titch joined by mechanic Billy, an ex-Tank Regiment Commander, who suffered life changing injuries following an IED explosion in Afghanistan, and John, an ex-Staff Sgt from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The series will see the gang take on an eclectic range of projects, from creating an adapted motorcycle sidecar for a quadriplegic ex Special Forces soldier, to attempting a snowy, 700km, trans-Iceland ride on modified bikes with bolt-on skis,

Grant Wardrop, Executive Producer, said: “The Speedshop has grown from humble beginnings (my kitchen table!) to something far bigger than we could have hoped for. The real-life friendships, the humour, and the team’s adventurous exploits has taken the series beyond engineering and we hope straight into the hearts of BBC viewers.”

Titch Cormack said: The Speedshop has been a fantastic experience for the whole team. Taking on projects and journeys that not only tested our mechanical skills, but pushed us into situations well outside our comfort zone.  I’m immensely proud of what we achieved and lives we’ve changed over the last year.”

Clare Mottershead, BBC Commissioning Editor, said: “Titch and his team have infectious chemistry and a never-give-up attitude when it comes to taking on challenging builds and adventures.  We’re delighted to be bringing such authentic new talent to our audiences.”

The Speedshop, a 6×60’ for BBC Two and iPlayer, is made by Grant Wardrop Productions with post-production work completed at The Finish Line. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The Executive Producer is Grant Wardrop and the Commissioning Editor is Clare Mottershead.

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