London - 30 July 2018
UKTV has commissioned a new series for its leading factual channel, Yesterday. The UKTV Original, Bangers & Cash (10x60'), follows Mathewsons, a family-run business searching for forgotten motors in the garages, barns and sheds of the nation, before taking them to the auction house. But, behind every car is the human story of how and why it has been overlooked for so long, and why it is going under the hammer.
Set in the picturesque, quintessential English village of Thornton Le-Dale in North Yorkshire, the Mathewsons run a family business from a bygone era. But with their modern professional expertise, they attract all kinds of classic car buyers, from all over the country.
Bangers & Cash has been ordered for Yesterday by UKTV director of commissioning, Richard Watsham and UKTV genre general manager for comedy & entertainment, Steve North. The series is produced by Air Television with Andy Joynson as executive producer. Natalie Rose will executive produce for UKTV.
Air Television's Andy Joynson said,
We're excited to be bringing some amazing classic cars to the screen with the help of the most knowledgeable experts in the business. The cars bring people together and we'll explore the great stories behind them. We think viewers will really warm to the Matthewsons - they are a real family business spanning three generations and what they don't know about the golden age of motoring and the cars that made it, isn't worth knowing.
Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey, said,
We're looking forward to taking the Yesterday audience on a nostalgia drive with the team at Matthewsons as they unearth some classic British motors.
UKTV's Richard Watsham commented,
Following their previous commissions for Really, and W we are thrilled to be working with Air Television again, this time for Yesterday. The fact we were not particularly looking to commission for Yesterday speaks volumes for our belief in this programme and the quality of Air Television's output. It feels like a perfect fit for Yesterday.
Bangers & Cash will TX on Yesterday next year and will also be available on UKTV Play. The series will be distributed by TCB Media Rights. It follows the announcement of more brand new UKTV Originals across the network, from Modern Wheels or Classic Steals and Beat The Internet With John Robbins on Dave, new Fantasy Homes By The Sea on Really, My Favourite Sketch on Gold and scripted dramas Flack and Women On The Verge on W.
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Notes to Editors
Showcasing UK premieres series such as Impossible Engineering, Forbidden History, and Private Lives of the Tudors, Yesterday provides fascinating factual stories.
The channel also features dynamic nature and science programming including David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities and Wonders of the Universe, and programmes which challenge expectations including Secrets of the Bible. Ancient history is also featured in series including Medieval Dead, plus seminal war documentaries such as World at War.
UKTV is a commercial broadcaster reaching almost 40m viewers every month.
The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for nearly 10% of the British commercial TV market.
The network delivers inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Studios and Discovery, Inc. - is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.
About Air Television
Air Television is an award-winning independent production company based in York. Founded in 2015 by ex-BBC staffers Ian Cundall, Andy Joynson and Matt Richards in three years it's produced more than 100 hours of programming, all of it set in the North of England.
The company created Helicopter ER for Really and 999 Rescue Squad for W and is one of UKTV's biggest suppliers of original programming by hour.
Air Television has won four prestigious Royal Television Society awards and has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and 5.