EXCLUSIVE: High Gear and The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond has landed his first ever present on Channel 4, CB can reveal.
Hammond is helming Richard Hammond’s Loopy Contraptions from All3Media-backed UK indie Optomen, wherein engineering lovers from across the UK should battle to create probably the most ingenious contraptions utilizing on a regular basis objects.
Whereas including a Robotic Wars-model aggressive ingredient, the fee represents one thing of a comeback for the favored science format. Reveals equivalent to Sky’s Brainiac: Science Abuse, which Hammond offered, have been few and much between of late.
CB understands Loopy Contraptions is being lined up for a family-friendly Sunday afternoon/night slot.
Groups of contestants will go head-to-head to construct their very own Chain Response Machines – mechanisms which might be constructed from on a regular basis supplies that full primary home duties in probably the most sophisticated approach attainable. With contestants accessing a workshop and purpose-built house surroundings to check their invention, they are going to be given the problem every week of designing, creating and showcasing a brand new development. On the finish of every episode, contestants shall be judged primarily based on their ingenuity, design and build-quality, with one crew eradicated from the competitors each week, earlier than a champion is topped within the seventh and closing episode.
Hammond, identified worldwide for presenting the BBC’s High Gear and Amazon’s The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson and James Might, shall be joined by Zach Umperovitch, who was described as “the world’s main authority on Chain Response Machines” by Channel 4.
Hammond, who has by no means labored for Channel 4 earlier than, stated he had tried to construct a Chain Response Machine throughout lockdown and his “failed try made me recognize the expertise, creativity and willpower proven by our groups.”
“I’m satisfied the collection shall be an awesome look ahead to all of the household, not solely offering completely leftfield leisure, but additionally presenting science and engineering in a enjoyable and accessible method,” he added.
Sarah Eglin and Dominic Bowles are exec producing and Graham Smiles is collection director. Shaminder Nahal and Jonah Weston commissioned for Channel 4. All3Media Worldwide is distributing.
Nahal referred to as Loopy Contraptions “a preferred science programme like no different, emphasising actual ingenuity and ‘outdoors the field’ considering.”
Optomen Co-CEO Nick Hornby added: “There’s something really magical about watching Chain Response Machines in motion, however to get to that time requires ingenious design, top notch constructing abilities and a little bit of luck.”