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Thursday 27 Nov 2014

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The Hairy Bikers rev their engines for a major two-year deal with BBC Two

The BBC announced today a major two-year deal with cookery duo The Hairy Bikers, launching with two new formats and features commissions for BBC TwoMeals On Wheels (4 x 60 minutes) and Bakeation (8 x 60 minutes).

Building on the success of popular series like The Hairy Bikers' Cook Off and The Hairy Bikers: Mum Knows Best, the two-year deal and new commissions will see the bikers forming a key part of BBC Two's cookery output.

The first of the two new commissions, Hairy Meals On Wheels, is a chance to see a distinctive new side to the Bikers as they turn their unique approach to the social issue of provision of "meals on wheels".

In the wake of the Blitz, war-torn Britain united to deliver hot meals to families whose homes had been destroyed. Sixty years on, the children of that 'baby boomers' generation are reaching retirement during a time of recession. Over the series we will see the Bikers get to grips with a community who – with the Bikers' help – are determined to carry on providing daily home-delivered hot meals for their elderly population.   

In this landmark series for BBC Two, it is the Hairy Bikers' mission to reignite the Dunkirk spirit in order to get meals back on their wheels.

The series is a fast-paced look at history, heritage and cooking, using heart-warming recipes, fascinating local characters, and a delicious serving of social history.

In 2012 the Hairy Bikers will be back where they are best loved; on the road and sharing the intimate secrets of family recipes. With a 2,000 mile gastronomic road trip across Europe including  France,  Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and the Czech Republic, the bikers seek out the best baking on offer; from simple peasant breads to complex confections made by the finest patissiers. They will also serve up the perfect accompaniments such as soups, charcuterie and cheeses.

The Hairy Bikers: Bakeation is part travelogue, part cookery and part family food history. The Hairy duo will meet a range of characters on the road, from amateur cooks to professional bakers, and will explore the secret family recipes that have been passed from generation to generation in the European countries they travel through.

Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two, says: "It's been brilliant to see the Hairy Bikers evolve on the channel over the last few years to the point where I can't imagine our cookery offer without them. They are a knowledgeable, fun and warm duo – families welcome them into their homes and viewers into their hearts. It will be great to see them take on new challenges for BBC Two."

Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features and Formats on BBC Two, says: "The Hairies are such distinctive and well-loved faces on BBC Two; we are looking forward to developing new programmes with them over the next two years.

"The new commissions, as part of this deal, really build on their strengths; delivering original educational and entertaining content. From exploring consumer social issues for the first time in Hairy Meals On Wheels, to sharing family food history through a beautiful travelogue in The Hairy Bikes: Bakeation, BBC Two is a natural home for Si and Dave and we are delighted to be working with them again."  

Si and Dave, The Hairy Bikers, say: "We're chuffed to bits to be working with the BBC again in this amazing two-year deal. We can't wait to get on the road making some brilliant shows we hope everyone will enjoy."

Hairy Meals On Wheels (4 x 60 minutes) is produced by Optomen Television, the Executive Producer for Optomen is Nicola Moody and for the BBC Executive Producers are Sam Bickley and Lisa Edwards

Bakeation (8 x 60 minutes) is produced by BBC Vision Productions – Birmingham, the Executive Producer is Gill Tierney.

Both formats have been commissioned for the BBC by Alison Kirkham on behalf of Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two.


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