Yesterday bids for more Mathewsons – Spin-off show and more Bangers & Cash in the works

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Air TV to produce new series Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics alongside further episodes of regular Bangers & Cash

20 Oct 2021

UKTV has commissioned Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics (2x6x60') for its leading factual channel, Yesterday. Produced by Air TV, the series is a spin-off to the immensely popular Yesterday series, Bangers & Cash, which follows the everyday dealings of the family-run classic car auctioneers Mathewsons, based in North Yorkshire.

The new series, Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics, will follow the journey of a vehicle purchased at a Mathewsons classic car auction, before being repaired, restored and then re-auctioned in order to try and find the vehicle a new home and loving owner. The genuine restoration projects of varying degrees of difficulty will show how tricky it can really be to restore classic vehicles back to their former glory. Derek, Paul and Dave Mathewson will all be on hand to share their advice and observations on the variety of different jobs, which include a 1980s Vauxhall Astra GTE whose hot hatch days look long behind it, a MG Montego Turbo with its engine in the boot, and a rare Lotus Elan S1 that hasn't seen a road for 47 years. As well as classic cars the Bangers team will be having a go at restoring some of Derek's cheaper vehicles including a vintage racing bike and an early French moped, the model of which is as yet unidentified!

Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics is commissioned for UKTV by commissioning editor, Kirsty Hanson and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey and deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen. Produced by Air TV, Bangers & Cash executive producer is Andy Joynson.

UKTV's Kirsty Hanson said:

I'm really looking forward to getting under the bonnet of some of the wonderful vehicles that come through a Mathewsons auction. The Bangers team clearly love their cars and their authentic restoration attempts are sure to resonate with Yesterday viewers who perhaps have that project on the go themselves.

Andy Joynson, executive producer and director of Air TV said:

Auctioneer Derek Mathewson has told me many times that buying, restoring and selling classic cars is not for the fainthearted and you can't make money at it unless you do a lot of the work yourself. I think I know he's right, but we thought we would give it a go anyway. I keep saying to myself, 'it's all about a love and passion for the cars' - but this is very real, and when the money is yours it doesn't half focus the mind!

Gerald Casey added:

It makes perfect sense for Air TV to expand the world of the Mathewsons beyond the collections and the auction room and into the workshop. The whole team behind Bangers are classics mad so we know they'll deliver another genuine classic car show, which is exactly what Yesterday viewers want to see on screen too.

Meanwhile, a new fifth series of Bangers & Cash will return to Yesterday in January 2022. The programme continues to be one of the most popular shows on the Yesterday channel, with the previous fourth series being the strongest so far, bringing in an average of 555k viewers across the eight episodes. That figure rises to 984k Total Consumption.

Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics is filming now and will air on Yesterday in 2022. Both series will also be available for catch-up on demand on UKTV Play. Other recent UKTV Original commissions for Yesterday include, Secrets of the Transport Museum, The Architecture the Railways Built, The Secrets of the London Underground, Hornby: A Model World and Scouting for Toys.

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Dave Barnsby, UKTV Senior Press Office Manager Or Neelam Rhodes, UKTV Publicist

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Fascinating factual stories from the world around us.

Yesterday showcases original series such as Abandoned Engineering, Secrets of the Railways and Underground Worlds as well as new and exclusive observational documentaries including Bangers & Cash, Architecture The Railways Built and Train Truckers.

The channel also features stunning nature and science programming including David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities and Planet Earth 2, plus seminal war documentaries such as The World at War.

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.

About Air TV Air TV is one of the UK's fastest growing independent production companies specialising in factual series ranging from blue light to property. Based in Yorkshire, it was a finalist in the 2021 Broadcast Digital Awards. Air TV programmes include Bangers & Cash, Warbird Workshop and 999 Rescue Squad for UKTV and Helicopter ER and Dales for Sale for Discovery.