TV firm revs up reputation with banger racing series

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An independent television company based in a north Northumberland village has won a commission to produce a high-octane motorsport series for a major channel.

Orion TV, which is run by husband and wife team Bob and Marrisse Whittaker from Alnmouth, has signed the deal with History.

Marrisse and Bob Whittaker'Directors of Orion TV based in Alnmouth.

Marrisse and Bob Whittaker'Directors of Orion TV based in Alnmouth.

The firm has also put pen to paper with major distributor, Zodiac, who will sell the show around the world.

Banger Boys, an eight-part factual series, will air on History from April 11 at 10pm.

It showcases the spectacular stunts and abilities of The Dreamers banger racing team, which sources, builds and races old banger cars.

The team includes two children, eight-year-old Abbie, and 12-year-old Jack Anscombe, who are following in the footsteps of their racing champion dad Steve.

Marrisse, who discovered the Sussex-based team and developed the idea over six years, said: “We are really pleased with Banger Boys. It fits all of the criteria that the commissioners required. It is fresh and exciting, beautifully filmed and it has depth as well.

“These truly are everyday guys who do extraordinary things when they are racing and we are really pleased that we have had an opportunity to put these very interesting and nice people in the spotlight.”

Orion TV was launched in 2004/05 by the pair, who together have more than 40 years of high-level broadcast experience with leading TV and film companies.

Orion has produced a string of programmes for major UK and international broadcasters.

Its documentary Mothertruckers, featuring women lorry drivers, has recently been repeated on Channel 4, doubling the average viewing figures in that slot.

Its Discovery series, A Brush with Britain, which features local artist Charles Evans and showcases locations such as Alnwick and Ford and Etal, won pick of the week twice in the national press.

For a sneak preview video of the Banger Boys series, visit youtu.be/F0odaDV2mgk