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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New tractor-driving talent show hits our screens

BBC Three’s new entertaining, competitive series, The Fast and The Farmer (ish), will start on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.

This is a brand new agricultural challenge series from Alleycasts, where teams from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland battle it out for the glory of becoming the UK’s best tractor driving team.

Full-time farmer and social media star, Tom Pemberton, hosts the show, which aims to “glimpse into the lives of young farmers” and showcase “tractor-driving talent”.

In this English heat of The Fast and the Farmer-ish, the all-female ‘Diva Drivers’ from Leicestershire are determined to out-manoeuvre Somerset’s ‘Checkshirt Choppers’ and win a place in the semi-final.

Both teams go-head to-head in three high-octane agricultural challenges.

The Fast and The Farmer (ish)

Each episode of this 7×30 series from Alleycats pits two teams of petrol heads and their ‘souped up’ tractors against each other in a series of entertaining and imaginative challenges that put their driving skill and vehicle power to the test.

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In a statement, producers said: “From tractor racing through a muddy bog to negotiating an obstacle course while singing their favourite karaoke tracks and demolishing sheds in a radical ten-pin tractor bowling game, this is not your average day on the farm!”

“When the diesel smoke clears, one team will take to the podium to celebrate. The losers will take to their tractor cabs and the drive of shame home.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three, and Eddie Doyle, Head of Commissioning, BBC Northern Ireland, commissioned the production.

About the host:

Last month, the show’s host, Farming vlogger, Tom Pemberton, announced that he would release his first book in 2022.

Octopus Publishing Group will publish ‘Make Hay While the Sun Shines’ on April 28th, 2022.

He said:

“We have been working on this for 10-12 months. It involved a lot of hard work, time and sleepless nights.”

“This is a year in the life of a farmer. I am a 29-year-old farmer, and I have my own book. It is amazing to see the book in its final form.”

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