Guy's new project proves to be no flight of fancy

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

Some TV pre­sen­ters will take much any job they’re of­fered, no mat­ter what the topic, and then do their best to look in­ter­ested dur­ing film­ing.

But not Guy Martin. If he ap­pears en­thused about his lat­est doc­u­men­tary Guy Martin: Last Flight of the Vul­can Bomber (Sun­day, Chan­nel 4, 7.30pm), we know it’s gen­uine.

For a start, the mo­tor­bike racer has proved his engi­neer­ing cre­den­tials on nu­mer­ous TV shows, in­clud­ing last year’s Guy Martin’s Spit­fire.

But it’s also be­cause for him, pre­sent­ing is more of a hobby. He fits his TV work as well as his rac­ing around his job as a lorry me­chanic in Grimsby.

Many peo­ple in his po­si­tion would have been tempted to hand in their no­tice the minute the BBC of­fered them their own se­ries, which in his case was The Boat That Guy Built back in 2011. How­ever, Guy had other ideas.

In past in­ter­views, he’s ad­mit­ted that as well as gen­uinely en­joy­ing be­ing a me­chanic, he also doesn’t want to be put in a po­si­tion where he had to fake his trade­mark en­thu­si­asm (there’s a rea­son one of his shows was called Guy Martin’s Pas­sion for Life) on projects he wasn’t that in­ter­ested in. How­ever, it seems he’s also con­scious of the fickle na­ture of fame, and the dan­gers of be­ing too re­liant on TV pro­duc­ers to keep him in a man­ner to which he could be­come ac­cus­tomed.

He told The Guardian: “The day the TV boys get sick of me, and that day will come – course it will, you’re kid­ding your­self if you think oth­er­wise – what would I do then? If I was a TV pre­sen­ter, I would have got in to the lux­ury trap. Earn­ing mega-money. And the next thing you know, they’ve sacked you. The money stops. And you’ve got a mas­sive mort­gage…”

He adds “If ev­ery­thing stopped tomorrow I could quite hap­pily live on my truck wage.”

Luck­ily, that seems like it’s a while off yet, as here he presents a pro­gramme mark­ing the fi­nal flight of the last air­wor­thy Vul­can bomber, the XH558, in Oc­to­ber.

The plane played a key role in pro­tect­ing the UK’s in­ter­ests dur­ing the Cold War era, was also re­spon­si­ble for the long­est raid in Bri­tish mil­i­tary history when it suc­cess­fully at­tacked enemy tar­gets in the Falkland Is­lands.

So now, Guy is go­ing to take a good look around one, as he helps a se­lect group of en­gi­neers pre­pare if for its farewell tour, be­fore get­ting the chance to fly along­side one, and even tak­ing the con­trols him­self – even if it’s only to ‘wheelie’ it on the runway.

Farewell tour Ex­plor­ing the last func­tion­ing Vul­can bomber.

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