Following the success of The Boat That Guy Built and How Britain Worked, road racer Guy Martin will be returning to TV screens in 2014 with a new four part series. Speed follows Martin as he looks to replicate the rush he feels when lapping the Isle of Man TT course at 200mph.
The news was revealed on his website (www.guymartinracing.co.uk) and outlined the challenges Martin would be facing in the series, which will be broadcast on Channel 4. He will go from attempting to break the British record for outright speed on a bicycle to flying using muscle power alone. Riding a motorcycle over a lake and attempting to break the record for the world’s fastest gravity powered sled will also feature.
Back in 2011, Martin’s first show The Boat That Guy Built was broadcast on BBC. It followed Martin, accompanied by friend Mave, as they renovated a narrowboat using inventions from the Industrial Revolution. The follow-up, How Britain Worked, aired last Autumn on Channel 4 and saw Martin getting stuck in with restoration projects and celebrating those who played a part in the Industrial Revolution. The episodes focused on the unsung heroes who worked long hours for little pay, and how they contributed to developments that changed the country.
The Boat That Guy Built is available to purchase on DVD. How Britain Worked was also accompanied by a book. Speed: How To Make Things Go Really Fast will be available to purchase from 2 January 2014. Further details of the show will be made available via Guy Martin’s website closer to the time of broadcast.
Update: Episode One will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 8pm on Sunday 29th December