Velocity has given us all a sneak peek at the upcoming series of Wheeler Dealers – some six-months on since we found out that Ant Anstead would be taking over the spanner-spinning duties following the departure of Edd China.
The new trailer pokes fun at co-host Mike Brewer being abandoned by China, as he sits alone listening to Eric Carmen’s 1975 hit “All by Myself” in an old British sports car. He is then joined by Anstead, who asks where they’re going before telling Brewer to turn the music off.
Fans of the long-running car-based fixer-upper show were hit hard earlier this year, when everyone’s favourite mechanic Edd China announced that he was leaving.
At the time, China revealed that he decided to leave Wheeler Dealers because Velocity planned to reduce the ‘workshop’ aspect of the show in the upcoming season. “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,” he said. “So I have come to the conclusion that my only option is to let Velocity get on with it, without me.”
The other half of Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer, publicly countered Edd China’s claims. “There’s no way on earth that anyone has ever suggested that the mechanical content of the show is going to be reduced,” Brewer said. “Where that came from, I don’t know. It is not going to be reduced, Discovery channel are not going to change the format one iota.”
So can Wheeler Dealers survive without Edd China? We’ll all find out when the first episode of Series 14 airs on October 4th.