Wheeler Dealers returned to our screens this week for Series 14, and while long-term host Mike Brewer is back, everyone’s favourite mechanic Edd China sadly is not. Following Edd’s departure, Ant Anstead took over the spanner-spinning duties and reactions from fans have been mixed.
Roughly half seemed to be pleased with the first episode, which featured a 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, after finding out that the workshop aspect of the show hadn’t been reduced as previously feared. Brewer’s on-screen chemistry with Anstead was also praised and was described as “instant”.
“I am one of the biggest Edd fans, but #WheelerDealers is now @AntAnstead in the garage and he’s fantastic. @mikebrewer crack on! #Velocity,” Matthew J. Jowanna wrote on Twitter.
“WheelerDealers @mikebrewer @antanstead Wow! Great start to the new season! Loved that car. You both are so much fun to watch. Thank you,” Sheree Anderson added.
Some fans, on the other hand, lamented the fact that Wheeler Dealers won’t be shown on UK screens until 2018 – which is something they’d prefer to blame Brewer for personally, despite him having absolutely no say in that decision.
In the video above which was live-streamed on Facebook, Brewer said he was ‘disappointed’ that Wheeler Dealers won’t be shown outside of America in the short term. “That’s got nothing to do with us, it is way above our pay-grade,” he said. “We don’t have say in it, we don’t even know it’s going to happen – and that’s the absolute truth.”
“We’re desperate for this show to be shown in our home territory, which is the UK. We can’t wait for that,” he added.
Understandably, the decision to delay the airing of Wheeler Dealers on UK screens until 2018 hasn’t gone down well with fans – who fear that the show has become too ‘Americanised’ and the original British fanbase ignored as a result. But Brewer has never been one to shy away from an argument on social media and regularly responds to criticism directed at the show.
In light of recent events, Brewer took a moment to reach out to all the haters. “There’s a lot of hate in the world. You think about what’s going on in the world, either in London, in Paris, in Vegas recently,” he said. “There’s a lot of hate in the world. So just try to spread a little bit of love.”
“It’s a car show and it’s all about the cars. That’s all we do.”