Fas­ten your seat­belts for Der­mot’s re­turn

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

We’ve missed Der­mot O’Leary re­cently. Al­though Caro­line Flack and Olly Murs – de­spite some un­fair crit­i­cism – made a de­cent stab of pre­sent­ing The X Fac­tor, you can’t help but feel that the fad­ing tal­ent show could have used his charisma to give it the boost in the arm it so des­per­ately needs. How­ever, like a rat de­sert­ing a sink­ing ship, O’Leary has moved on, al­though it seems he’s stick­ing to Satur­day nights for now. He’s the front­man for this new en­ter­tain­ment ex­trav­a­ganza that the BBC hopes will at­tract view­ers who might usu­ally have been tempted into watch­ing ITV’s hit shows Take Me Out and Ninja War­rior UK. “This is a show that’s re­ally about re­la­tion­ships,” claims the pre­sen­ter. “We all think we are great driv­ers, but what tick­led me most is see­ing how peo­ple, who ob­vi­ously love each other very much, speak to each other when they are be­hind the wheel of a car. It brings out the worst in all of us... but in a fun way. “It’s a warm show that will stretch a fam­ily’s pa­tience with those they love most in the world. I had a whale of a time do­ing the pi­lot and now can’t for ev­ery­one to see the se­ries.” The for­mat for The Get­away Car (Satur­day, BBC1, 6.50pm) is sim­ple. Each edi­tion will fol­low the progress of cou­ples as they com­pete in a se­ries of ex­cit­ing driv­ing chal­lenges that test the lim­its of their re­la­tion­ships once they’re be­hind the wheel of a mov­ing ve­hi­cle. Mar­ried cou­ples, grand­par­ents and grand­chil­dren, sib­lings and best friends are all set to take part, and it’s up to them to work to­gether in a bid to win the top prize – pro­vid­ing they don’t lose their tem­per with each other first. Stay­ing cool and re­main­ing close is the way to win here, and that won’t be easy for some of the volatile duos tak­ing part. They will race 4x4 bug­gies and high-pow­ered su­per­cars, as well as the get­away car it­self, in a bid to win £10,000. What’s more, for­mer Top Gear su­per­star The Stig pops up, ac­com­pa­nied by his neph­ews Blue Stig and Red Stig. “The Get­away Car is an am­bi­tious and ex­cit­ing Satur­day night en­ter­tain­ment show that en­hances the BBC’s com­mit­ment to pro­duc­ing some of the most orig­i­nal en­ter­tain­ment for­mats around,” says Katie Tay­lor, BBC Pro­duc­tion’s con­troller of en­ter­tain­ment and events. “With Der­mot in the driv­ing seat, I’m sure the BBC1 au­di­ence will love it.”

Be­hind the wheel Der­mot O’Leary presents the game show

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