"Mud, Sweat and Gears" is a competitive car show on BBC America that is hosted by Tom "Wookie" Ford and Jonny Smith who captain a team of two car nuts and go head-to-head to transform everyday vehicles. They have 24 hours to mutate, supersize and reconstruct — once transformed, the vehicles are raced in three extreme missions involving head-to-head sprints, timed challenges and stunts, lots of stunts. The missions are daring, adventurous, fun, and competitive — and all tied to different episode themes rolling out each week.

The first episode is filmed in an almost abandoned, decaying LA cityscape. The series opens with the two teams making the ultimate cop cars. Jonny is joined by two hot-rodding brothers from Detroit and, in a possibly foolhardy homage to 1970s British police dramas, Jonny chooses to start with a Jaguar. Wookie picks a Pontiac Firebird — like the model used in the movie "Smokey & the Bandit" — for his team, as they turn the ultimate outlaw car into a cop car. The teams get to work, welding, adding air rams, battering rams and mobile jail cells, before competing in three crazy cops and robbers challenges of increasing scale and difficulty, putting their creations to the ultimate test. Once the winner is declared, the loser's car gets annihilated.

From here episodes go on to explore creating video game cars, trucks of war, cars fit for our very own Olympics, high-speed delivery vehicles, off-road machines, spy cars full of gadgets, end of the world survival vehicles, and mightily destructive demolition vehicles.

"Mud, Sweat and Gears" is a BBC America original production co-produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and BBC Worldwide, distributed by BBC Worldwide. Nathaniel Grouille is executive producer and showrunner for the series and Trice Barto is executive producer. Ricky Kelehar is executive producer for BBC America, Michael Brooks and Jane Tranter are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions and Julie Swanston for BBC Worldwide. The production was filmed in California.


Network: BBC America
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 26, 2015
Seasons: 1
Production Company: BBC Worldwide Productions

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