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‘Why don’t you bring Scrapheap back?’

The popularity of the re-runs of Scrapheap Challenge on the Quest and Dave Channels has been very pleasant to experience.

At a rough guess I’d say I get 20 tweets a day mentioning the series, how much people love it and the perennial question ‘Why don’t you bring it back?’

At this point I need to sit back, sigh a little and try and explain why I don’t make a decision so far above my pay grade I can’t even imagine, and just make more scrapheap.

I know, I’m being factious and a media luvvie living in a bubble, I understand what people are saying, they love the show and want more of them.

However I have less than zero influence over any possibilities of new series.

I worked on Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years, I loved it, it was inspirational for a generation.

I’ve met many fully employed, highly skilled engineers who watched the series with their parents; it almost brings a tear to my jaded eyes.

I don’t think I should front a new series of Scrapheap if it ever did make a return to the telly, someone younger and full of energy should do it, and if you really want to see more you should tell Channel 4.



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I know how much you enjoyed making the series, I only had a taste of it, and fell for it hook line and sinker. I can't imagine that Red Dwarf was as hands on as Scrapheap. You guy's were so much a part of the team, even making tea for the exhausted grafters.
I was pleasantly surprised how real Scrapheap was, I've done a little film work; it's disjointed, and false compared to Scrapheap.
Perhaps the fans should be lobbying C4 for a series of Scrapheap reunited; bring back some of the best challenges and the best teams from the early days.
Your out-takes were the best!

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRhino

I saw the "proper job" bloke driving his tractor the other day.
A benefit of living in South Somerset! Sadly can't remember his, or the team's, name. Favourites by far though.

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTett

More Scrapheap Challenge!!!

So much better than junkyard wars, that show was rubbish!

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I presume you used to like the great egg race?

Here's a reason why we desperately need more people with at least basic number abilities:
Still in the story at least 3 hours after posting on a major news website - typo stating that 50 milliwatt or over wind farms will be referred to local authorities for final decisions. Not even the people who type up technology/environment stories on the bbc website can tell a milliwatt (mW) from a megawatt (MW). After all it's a factor of a mere one thousand million.

Actually Robert, I have seen you mix up power and energy sometimes ;-).
(kWh and MWh are both measures of energy).
Still love Fully Charged tho, and would pay for it in some form. Crowdfunding a whole series in advance? Or would that just be less practical?

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchargethusiast

I thoroughly enjoyed the builds we did with you. I am glad to hear that the shows getting air time, I just wish it was in the US as well. We didn't even get the post US series British episodes. That end-of-year Brunel special that we did, has never been shown in the US.

The number of people that I run into that have good memories of the show is just amazing. And yes, I have also run into some that are in engineering or the sciences now, having grown up with Junkyard Wars (the US name the show ran under) and Mythbusters.

To think that TLC stopped showing things like Scrapheap, and replaced it with 19 kids and molesting...

May 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Del Papa

There's always YouTube! You should work with Dick Strawbridge....

June 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTimbow

It would be great to see Scrapheap return to our screens.

Tett the "proper job" team were called the Barley pickers.
I think the guy was called Andy but I'm not certain.

July 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMe

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July 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNick

My kids 5 & 8 watch the DVDs of the show every morning and afternoon as they build Lego versions of the teams machines. At school one does paintings and models of these machines in art. When my eldest was 2 they showed every show start to end and we watched them together a show from 2 to 102 what else could claim that, thank goodness they grew out of nightgarden.

Hi BobbyLew,
This post is actually good news, Scrapheap challenge was shown here in NZ and my daughter and I loved watching it (she didn't become an engineer, but understands why I did).
The good news is, there weren't 10 series on TV here, so there are more out there we haven't seen ;-) (guess whats now on my Christmas wish list)

It would be fantastic to have more Scrapheap Challenge, but as you say, they may not be fronted by you, so I'd love to see you fronting a series about alternative energy technology - are any TV production companies beating down your door to do that? If so, why not?????

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April 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermanabadi

My son watched Scrapheap since he was about 6 months old, when he saw Scrapheap on dave recently, he said "wow this is just like my childhood all over again " . He's 14 . Kids eh . Btw who would you like to see front a new scrapheap ?

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

My son is 7, and this is his favourite show in the world, I'm always on the look out for it being on and save it on the Sky+ box for future watches. I'd love to see it return.

August 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

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