BBC Two has ordered a new three-part factual series featuring The Hairy Bikers which is set to explore the industrial revolution.
The Hairy Bikers: Rebuilding Industrial Britain will see Si King and Dave Myers travel around the UK on vintage motorbikes as they rediscover and help to fix a number of lost treasures of the industrial age. Each episode will cover different themes within the industrial revolution (agriculture, transport, and industry). Si and Dave travel the length and breadth of the UK to meet those with a passion for both keeping the skills of their ancestors alive and restoring the machines that kept industrial Britain moving to rediscover how each development was significant in the transformation of the British Isles. Arrow Media is producing with Tom Brisley and Tom McDonald serving as executive producers.
Speaking of the series, Si King said: “The British Isles was and is the home of engineering pioneers who have designed and built amazing machines that change people’s lives. Uncovering their stories will be an unforgettable adventure and it means a lot to us as both our families have strong ties to industry.”
While Dave Myers added: “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. 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.”