Your first look at Wheeler Dealers without Edd China


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.


  1. I watched 2 episodes and the new guy is ok, but its not the same show. I predict its one and done. I watched because you got to see a real mechanic troubleshooting and repairing items. I didnt need a crayon drawing on how a turbo works.

  2. Watched the show last night with the new guy Ant. Really was not impressed. I liked the in-depth coverage Edd China gave when he repaired the cars. Ant doesn’t go into any depth at all. Sorry Velocity, you lost a viewer to this hack job of a show.

  3. Edd was the show. Just like Top Gear became Top Flop the show Wheeler Dealers was to do with an authentic and interesting personality. Id Edd arises in another show I’d be into it.

  4. I watched the new wheeler Dealers and found it very good sometime seeing a real mechanic work is a dream top show good luck will be watching

  5. I’ve watched the new show and the chemistry with the new guy just isn’t there. Ed and Mike were ying and yang now you have two yings and the result is a big yawn.

  6. Don’t like the new series without Edd. The US car types featured are largely irrelevant to most of us this side of the Atlantic. Indeed, series 13 with Edd was heading this way too unfortunately. They should’nt have called it Wheeler Dealers as it isnt a patch on the original!

    • I think the main reason they shoot in the states is that the weather is favourable for the most part – instead of the constant drizzle they always seem to get in the UK.

  7. Well I watched a couple form the new series and…. Ed was right, although Ant does his best to explain things, Ed got to grips with actual bit’s n pieces on the cars and this I am sure made recording things harder which Velocity wanted to make easier for them when it came to production. The end result is I haven’t watched any more of the new ones but still watch the old ones and have found the Car SOS programmes seem to bring back some of that hands on. Sure there is more guys getting stuck in, but the cars are some of the stuff that wheeler dealers cut their mustard on. Therefore I don’t think the new Wheeler Dealers works for me. Sorry guys.

    • Your post is 100% correct. Mike’s contribution always seemed contrived. The ending Deal is always very artificial.
      Therefore, All I wanted to watch was the mechanic-ing. Everything else was artificial and a bit irritating.
      Rest in peace, Edd China.

  8. It’s a shame. The only watchable car show on any network and the greedy, moronic producers
    have to go and ruin it. What don’t these people understand about “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”? The show was thoroughly enjoyable and I actually looked forward to each new episode. The new guy Ant seems ok, and has good mechanical skills but doesn’t quite fit and I personally can’t watch him (sorry Ant). Without Ed for proper balance and insight you really realize how loathesome Mike Brewer is to watch as well. I’ve been tuning out and only watching older shows. Can’t we please have one decent auto related show without the hicks, hacks, head games and unbearable personalities so prevalent and unwanted in shitty reality based programming? Usually only NBC can fuck up something so bad. Congratulations Discovery/Velocity-learning from the worst! Way to ruin a concept. Oh well, a good run and fun while it lasted-on to the next…..

  9. Two parallel names for fluffy, superficial all-purpose TV presenters: Tim Lovejoy and Kate Humble = Mike Brewer & Ant Amstead.
    Charisma deficient but reliable..

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