London - Friday 9 August 2019
UKTV has commissioned two new series of Bangers & Cash (10x60' each) for its leading factual channel, Yesterday. The observational documentary series follows the Mathewsons - a charismatic dynasty of classic car auctioneers led by Auction Manager, Derek Mathewson, from picturesque North Yorkshire. Mathewsons discover all manner of forgotten motors and memorabilia and offers them to the public at auction.
The first series included a rusted wreck of an Austin Mini Cooper, discovered in a garage under piles of rubbish and sold at auction for £18,000. Classic Jaguar E-types, rare MGs and more modern Sierra Cosworths also went under the hammer at auction, alongside vintage motorbikes and a treasure trove of auto memorabilia. The series also looks at the history and personal stories behind some of the items on offer. The first series of Bangers & Cash launched up 110% on slot average and averaged 342k viewers across the 10 episodes*.
The new series discovers more lost classics including a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus found on a Yorkshire Dales farmyard and features auctions including a highly sought-after Aston Martin as well as more modern collectibles including a Ford Fiesta XR2.
Bangers & Cash is produced by Air TV, commissioned for UKTV by commissioning editor Natalie Rose and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey and deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen. The series is exec produced for Air TV by Andy Joynson and the series will be distributed by TCB Media Rights.
UKTV's Natalie Rose said,
Commissioning not one, but two further series of Bangers & Cash for next year on Yesterday really shows our commitment to the programme, to Air TV and to the Mathewsons. As with all UKTV Originals, getting the tone of the show just right was really important and Air TV managed to do just that by capturing the warmth, wit and passion that the Mathewsons have for classic cars. With such a winning first series, we're really excited to be bringing our loyal Yesterday audience more.
Andy Joynson, executive producer for Yorkshire-based indie, Air TV said,
We really wanted to capture the passion and expertise that Derek and the team have for classic cars and we are grateful for the reaction the channel and viewers have had for the show so far. We've already got more cars, more auctions, more stories and more Mathewsons ready for next year!
Yesterday's Gerald Casey said,
I'm really proud that this UKTV Original has done so well for the channel in terms of viewing figures and audience reaction, and I'm delighted we can bring two new series of Bangers & Cash to Yesterday next year. The mixture of facts, nostalgia and great characters in the programme makes for great television.
Bangers & Cash is filming now and the new series will TX on Yesterday in 2020 and will also be available on UKTV Play. Yesterday is home to more new and exclusive programming including Monster Ships, Train Truckers, and World's Greatest Palaces and more UKTV Originals including Abandoned Engineering, Murder Maps, Underground Worlds and Warbird Workshop.
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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, 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.
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 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 also worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and 5.