Calypso-E34

Wheeler Dealers - Edd China leaving

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So it looks like Edd is off to pastures new, and is being replaced by Ant Anstead.  My first thoughts are that if Edd is determined to go, Ant is a very good choice for a replacement.  I can see him getting on well enough with Mike.

 

Some will no doubt draw parallels with the three presenters leaving Top Gear, but I don't think this is the same thing.

 

Good luck I say.  It will be interesting to see what Edd has up his sleeve too!

 

http://www.discoveryuk.com/press-release-210317/

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That's a shame, but IMO Wd has lost what it was and has become so Yankeefied, it's ruined it...

 

It's the same feeling for a lot of folk I think and from what I've read etc

 

It's just too Murica based now and that's not what WD was all about; it was about home-mechanics, to an extent and showing normal folks that cars aren't anything to be scared of... Now it's the complete opposite

 

Wonder if we'll see Edd back on TV anytime soon?!

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Won't this be a bit of a step "down" for Ant Anstead?

 

His usual restorations are streats ahead of the pseudo bodging that (sometimes) goes on on WD

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9 minutes ago, stuclark said:

Won't this be a bit of a step "down" for Ant Anstead?

 

That's a very good point.  That series he did with Philip Glenister - For the Love of Cars - was great.  I was hoping that was coming back soon.  One of the few series I actually went out and bought to keep in DVD form.

 

To be honest though, I believe Edd China could do just as good a job, given the resources. 

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2 minutes ago, Calypso-E34 said:

To be honest though, I believe Edd China could do just as good a job, given the resources. 

 

I agree; I'm sure Edd is perfectly capable of decent restorations; it's just the show sometimes doesn't call for them.

 

It's my biggest gripe about WD to be honest. That and the ridiculous over-americanisation they've been doing recently

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Oh no! What are we going to do???? 

Fucking wheeler dealers- a load of me arse! 

:lol::lol::lol: 

man who is Ant Antony of Antsvillle? :lol: 

 

lets hope mike dosent leave, it might turn into a watchable show then! :lol: 

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1 hour ago, stuclark said:

Won't this be a bit of a step "down" for Ant Anstead?

 

His usual restorations are streats ahead of the pseudo bodging that (sometimes) goes on on WD

just what i was thinking ...he is involved in hugely expensive Aston Martin replicas is he not and major restorations

 

Saying that tho Edd is great i think , he is a fountain of knowledge and i am sure he could hold ground with Ant easily

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I think Edd could hold his own in a serious resto project, on a mechanical front he seems miles in front of most noisy shell polishers who say look what I just done.................................good luck Edd, we shall watch for where you next surface on the box.

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Just saw this on Facebook.

 

I liked Edd China's style, easy laid back and properly told you how to do things, not like the Haynes Book of Parodies "Remove strut from under vehicle" Aye but how ya bunch on numpties.

 

Good luck to the tall man.

 

Something he said on his video blog, almost implied that there was a bit of bad blood with Discovery, or did I pick up on that wrong.

 

Mibbies the tall man can get a job on a certain motoring show on the Beeb, nah, he actually knows about cars, that wouldn't work!

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Well, for the last couple of episodes, Edd disappeared a fair bit, which left MB doing work on the cars, which didn't sit well with me.

 

So just wonder if Edd feels that WD wasn't being true to its design, so to speak

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It would appear that the new production company wanted to 'dumb down' the teccy bits for the American market which did not sit well with Edd so he wrapped it.

 

 

 

 

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Bejeeesus. That's a shame. Fair play to Edd actually. Has the courage of his convictions.

Americans. Why do they have to fnuk fnar everything up?

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The script from Edd's YouTube page:

 

Published on 21 Mar 2017I am very sorry to say, that after 13 years on the show, I am leaving Wheeler Dealers. Wheeler Dealers is a great car show, reportedly the biggest on the planet at the moment. It is broadcast in about 220 territories around the globe and apparently has several hundred million viewers worldwide. This success would not have been possible without the huge collaborative effort put in by the production team over the years but most of all because of the loyalty and appreciation of our fans who have kept watching, in ever increasing numbers around the globe. Because you kept watching it; we kept making it. So thank you all for that. Making Wheeler Dealers is no easy task and every episode requires a massive effort from a dedicated team of people. We started, all those years ago, on a niche channel in the UK with just a small production: Michael Wood and Dan Allum; the founders of Attaboy TV and originators of the show, one production manager, a camera man, a sound man and Mike and myself. One hundred and thirty five cars later we have grown to a production team of over forty five staff, and we are now entertaining much of the TV watching planet. It’s been quite a ride. It was exactly the worldwide popularity of Wheeler Dealers and sheer size of the audience, coupled with the lack of product placement and brand endorsements within the show which meant that Discovery US and Velocity Channel saw an opportunity for further exploitation of the brand and so, after season twelve, the show commission was taken over by Velocity Channel in the US, who decided to replace Attaboy TV with Discovery Studios in California. Unfortunately, on Velocity’s first attempt at producing the show they found Wheeler Dealers ‘too difficult to make’, ‘at least in its current format’. In particular, the detailed and in depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop; what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the programme, are something Velocity feel should be reduced. The workshop jobs are certainly the hardest part of the show to make and reducing their substance and role in the show will save the production considerable time, effort and therefore money. However, this new direction is not something I am comfortable with as I feel the corners I was being asked to cut compromised the quality of my work and would erode my integrity as well as that of the show, so I have come to the conclusion that my only option is to let Velocity get on with it, without me. Wheeler Dealers has been an enormous part of my life since 2002, a real roller coaster of demanding challenges and triumphant moments. It has been a privilege to meet and work with so many great people and, from the workshop to the joy rides, to be allowed to experience so many fabulous cars and amazing locations. Leaving the show at the height of its success has been a really tough decision to make but I believe the time is right for me to spread my wings. Sometimes you’ve just got to break free from the confines of your rut and head for the far horizon. I would like to thank Attaboy TV, Mike, our incredible crew, and everyone who has contributed to making such a great programme for all of these years. A special thank you must go to every one of our fans for watching these past thirteen series, it has been great having you along for the ride, your appreciation means so much. Mike and Velocity will continue to make Wheeler Dealers, apparently with Ant Anstead taking my place in the workshop, so new episodes will be on your screens in due course. Being the new boy is never easy, so please give Ant your support, I wish him the very best of luck. It will certainly be nice to see Mike turn up at the workshop with yet another wreck knowing I don’t have to do any of the work! As for me, I am already working on some great new projects which will expand my world in new directions and, as I will have a bit of time on my hands, I’ll even start to put some things up on my youTube channel, so keep an eye out for that. Right now though, I just feel relieved and exhilarated with freedom and I can’t wait to get cracking on the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. For years Discovery have been encouraging everyone to: ‘make your world bigger’ – and that is exactly what I am now doing. Edd China Thank you for subsribing to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTnK... following me on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/eddchina/?fr... and following me on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheEddChina and for continuing supporting my car projects.

 

IMO, he's done the right thing!

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Great farewell message from Edd, did what he believed right and not a wipe over rebuild by shell polishers etc. He will do good in his own right and not in the shadow of some re-rated American rat up programme.

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Ant better start learning the script.

 

Fantastic!

 

Job done

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I'd like to see Top Gear revamped completely to include Mike, Edd, and Ant as presenters, along with a couple of driving guys.  That would be fun.

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1 hour ago, Calypso-E34 said:

I'd like to see Top Gear revamped completely to include Mike, Edd, and Ant as presenters, along with a couple of driving guys.  That would be fun.

 

 

That will be TOP GEAR

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Mike and Ed are the show therefore part of me is sad that the program is about for to change. However they do say change is good - interesting to watch the next few episodes. 

 

I'm surprised that Ant Anstead is taking his place. As Ant had a subtle and a indirect dig at Ed for talking nonsense with regards to the Stag radiator, In the For The Love of Cars Stag episode. 

 

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Switched off when it went to America, I used to enjoy the UK resto's as they featured a lot of my dream cars Cosworths, M3's, M5's, 635csi's etc.

 

Edd made it for me so will be strange watching someone else tinker with cars.

 

We'll see.

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