Wheeler Dealers

Mike Brewer on how Edd China left Wheeler Dealers

Footage of Mike Brewer has popped up on YouTube this week, in which he revealed details as to how Edd China left Wheeler Dealers. In the video, filmed at the Klingberg Vintage Motor Car Festival in Connecticut, Brewer says Edd turned out to be ‘not gracious’.

“He did some very bad things,” Brewer said. “And when he did some very bad things it meant that Discovery channel just couldn’t work with him. So they gave him the option to leave, and he took it.”

“He wanted to go off and do another show anyway, and I’m waiting for his new show to appear. I think we all are,” he added.

Earlier this year Edd announced he was leaving Wheeler Dealers after 13 seasons on the show. Despite the move, the show was renewed for season 14, with former “For The Love of Cars” host Ant Anstead taking over spanner-spinning duties.

Brewer praised Anstead’s superior work ethic in the video, while also suggesting that Edd’s problem was that he let his newfound fame go to his head. “It’s much more back to where it used to be because Ant is a real mechanic,” Brewer said. “Edd became a TV star, rather than… Edd forgot his focus really on what he was there to do. He was a mechanic, and then he became a TV star.”

“When you become a TV star, and he turns up everyday and I’m saying to him ‘We need to rip the engine out of that Corvette’ and he’s going ‘I don’t need to do that, I’m a TV star!’” – Mike Brewer

Brewer said that while Edd would moan and argue, eventually he’d get to work and the job would be done – but the issue was how long the process would take to get there.

According to Edd, his decision to leave Wheeler Dealers was due to the production company’s decision to ‘dumb down’ the very thing which made the show successful in the first place – in-depth coverage of the fixes performed on the cars in the workshop. Not only are these pieces rather difficult to film, but they’re also time-intensive and as a result more expensive.

This revelation angered fans, resulting in Brewer being on the receiving end of their venom – which even came in the form of death threats to him and other members of his family.

Brewer publicly countered China’s claims that Discovery planned to reduce the workshop aspect of the show in the upcoming season. “There’s no way on earth that anyone has ever suggested that the mechanical content of the show is going to be reduced,” Brewer said.

“Where that came from, I don’t know. It is not going to be reduced, Discovery channel are not going to change the format one iota.”

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75 comments

Steve55 September 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Edd, was the show.

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Michael Ronga April 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

Steve, yes he was the show, the show off!

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David Calvert October 27, 2019 at 3:21 am

As with anything familiarity breeds contempt. It’s a shame but all good things come to an end. I still watch wheelers and it’s as good as ever. The mechanical side of the programme hasn’t been dubbed down in my opinion. Good luck edd on anything new, and keep up the good work Mike and ant.

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PB66 February 19, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Mike is a car salesman………nuff said.

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Osten thak Anderson March 15, 2019 at 6:40 am

Who cares, its only a tv program, it was boring and I couldn’t stand either of them

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go_dumbass April 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

If it was boring and you couldn’t stand either of them, why did you watch it and why did you see fit to seek out this site and comment on it?

Tool.

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Phil Strat August 21, 2019 at 12:20 am

I think Ant is more hands on and a real Mechanical engineer.
Phil Strat.

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Bill October 12, 2017 at 3:21 am

Let’s remember everybody, there are three sides to every story, sooner or later the truth will come out.

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Darren Brittain May 20, 2019 at 6:20 am

Or may have come out already?

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Steve M. October 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Watched the first of the new episodes.
I’m done with it. Just not the same without the big guy.
Never thought much for Mike anyhow.

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Vic October 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

I liked wheeler dealers & enjoyed the fact that ed & Mike each did their bit. However it seems egos have become over enlarged with time. Just like so many pop & Rock groups have fallen apart previously. Shame really, they should both forget the blame game & concentrate on their own future projects. Good luck to both of them.

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Anne January 11, 2018 at 11:17 pm

Edd appears to be concentrating on future projects, it’s Mike who keeps playing the blame game. He just can’t seem to let it go.

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Kimberley Colclough May 25, 2019 at 4:03 am

Mike is a second hand car salesman and who really likes them anyway? Edd always did all the work and Mike was just taking the glory!

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Chris Pilcher May 16, 2019 at 8:52 pm

I really enjoyed the show and thought that Ed’s moaning was just a part of the show’s banter. Would have not been as good without it !

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Mick Brewer November 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Show must go on … I like Ant. Mike is still the main reason to watch

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Ross Dennis April 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm

I feel that Mike is very shallow and a typical red jacket, green pants used car salesman. He is sooo phoney with the “ l got you “ hand shake that it is sickening. I was very surprised that he has a wife. Ed definitely made the show worth watching when Miley was absent. He wouldn’t last here in Canada,
Roscoe P

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Brenden Massett December 22, 2017 at 12:26 am

Fuck Mike Brewer…

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Edd China December 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

Mike was seen sucking a donkey cock. Edd left.

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Loren Johnson December 25, 2017 at 1:18 am

My reason for watching was for the different car fix”s . To bad it had to end that way . I liked it better while it was being filmed in England . Needs to get back to its roots

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Jim of Norway December 31, 2017 at 3:08 am

Could not agree more with Loren J. The ONLY reason for watching WD is Mr China`s “how too” (in a calm & easy to understand fashion). First some production twitt (what) killed TopGear and now Velocishit kills WD. Both ended up in some overproduced american world. Why can`t we let great English shows be and let America produce it`s own shows (crap)?
Without Edd teaching me stuff I might as well watch endless re-runs of Two & a half Men or Kardasiass.

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Joe Fishin January 7, 2018 at 7:53 am

I really expected the “post Ed C” show to be a complete Turd, I just watched the first of the new episodes, Props to Ant Anstead, he is different, but entertaining and informative, perhaps they should have made a new show with Ant and Ed, and ditched Mike……:D

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Wayne John January 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

Just watched 2nd episode with Ant. It’s just not the same he is crap and Mike is the big head, the way he shakes somebody’s hand is embarrassing. Two shows down and I’m afraid to say WD is dead I won’t watch anymore

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Frank Reilly January 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

Regardless of who or what is to blame for the situation Mike Brewer’s public criticism of Edd China was totally unnecessary and extremely unprofessional.
It reeked of childish spite for a perceived personal offence. Watch Edd China’s video explanation Mr Brewer. That is how you conduct yourself when in the public eye.
I suspect you may have found yourself reacting to the fan’s general opinion that Edd was in fact the show. If you think otherwise you clearly misunderstand your audience and the very reason they watch the show and have in addition completely overestimated your contribution to the programme.
To summarise Edd is not to blame for the fans disliking your personality or your delivery and your subsequent behaviour only lends credence to their claims.

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BackDoorBertie January 18, 2018 at 10:32 am

Only watched WD to see Edd, Mike was just embarrassing, and while Mike was the guy doing the deals I would never buy a car from such wide boy, you’d pay Edd more as he’s genuine.

Hope Edd finds a good project to take on, Mike your a dope

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Michael Ronga April 21, 2018 at 11:54 am

There is always enough blame to go around, both guys were important, I really don’t think Edd is the salesman type. I would say if they switched roles the show would not have worked, Mike is the salesman,and Edd is the mechanic, sure Mike can work on cars but Edd is way better, I don’t think Edd could sell water in the desert. Teamwork is what made the show work, no mystery or anything more.It sure did appear to me that Edd got a big head and thought he was always the smartest guy in the room, no matter where he was. Sadly I dont think the show will last, and I think we would have the same results if it was Mike that left and not Edd.

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Sam Cove January 23, 2018 at 8:22 am

Edd fd up..not missed at all and the new guy is even better….plus he is banging that little blonde chick from that other fake show

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Team edd January 24, 2018 at 6:51 am

Mike is a proper wolly how can you throw someone under the bus like that what a back stabber ment to be friends. Who needs friends like you typical car dealer full of shit

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Kipphelan August 21, 2019 at 2:15 am

Sad to see Edd go but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I agree with a previous comment that Edd’s explanation was gracious and to the point. He did not feel the need to throw Mike under the bus. Bad move regardless of how Mike saw it.

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Matt Roberts February 8, 2018 at 6:05 am

Time will tell my money is on Edd being the totoise and mike being the Hare but you have to take into considaration that empy vessels make the most noise…Good Luck and keep plodding Edd.

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Sean McKellar February 22, 2018 at 8:45 am

We hope to see him back on our screens soon!

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Rigg February 9, 2018 at 6:56 am

Well having just watched episode 6 of the latest series not only has the workshop aspect of the show been dumbed down the whole show has been dumbed down for the USA market. Lots of repeated film clips to remind us of what’s happening, No real engineering insight or detail anymore just an old car goes in and a refurbished one comes out. Nothing to see here, sadly.

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Sean McKellar February 22, 2018 at 8:48 am

I’ve noticed many American shows seem to follow this format – as if they’re catering for people who have started watching part way through. Hopefully with the rise of on-demand viewing this will be something that’ll go away soon.

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Clive February 17, 2018 at 10:12 am

Ed’ take no notice of that fat twat Brewer I’ll never watch WD again what you expect from a cockney car salesmen wanker

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Rob February 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Show is over, it was Ed who made WD what it was, I am done with it.

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Dawwwg March 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm

The new format is terrible, more repeating stuff than ever. Ant is ok and his fabrication skills are up to par, but the show is missing and the nitty gritty details and Edd’s charm. Half the show is now about fabricating some custom part (boring when it’s 50% of EACH episode), whilst 90% of the car-restoration isn’t even mentioned. They just skip from that one part to the fully restored end-result; do we think we’re stupid or something; this isn’t supposed to be Overhauled 2.0 guys !

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Chris April 12, 2018 at 5:14 am

Edd in the garage was the best part of the show, will think twice now

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Mark May 30, 2019 at 1:52 pm

Couldn’t agree more that Edd WAS the show. Just got the feeling that Mike would hand the car off to Edd , then head to the pub while Edd did everything.

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Geoff Wulff April 19, 2018 at 5:24 am

I endured Mike Brewer picking up the cars to get to the real heart of the show. Edd WAS WDs. Slagging him off proving he was the ‘Big ‘ed not a big Edd. Pathetic really. I met the fat man at the Citroen ninety year do at the Ace Cafe where he asked me about my car but he cut me off in mid sentence when he spotted Fiona Bruce in the crowd and just walked off. Rude man. .Alexei Sale who was at the same show was genuinely interested and even sat in my ex Midge Ure car. :]

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Robert May 1, 2018 at 8:59 am

This has always been my favorite auto show and I kept most of the edd/mike episodes. Edd was the attraction and brought a shade tree mechanic mentality that I could relate to. It’s unfortunate that the show ended because of edd’s departure and with due respects to Ant, the show is far from what attracted me to it. Seems that Ant brings some expertise to the show, but by and large the producers are satisfied with jobbing out most mechanical issues whereas Edd would actually work on the issues and use ingenuity to complete the task. I watched some of the new shows but remain of the fence as to whether the show is worth my while.

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alastair forsyth June 12, 2018 at 5:28 am

Liked the old wheeler dealers. Not keen on new one though its better than car sos

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Jeff Miller September 17, 2018 at 3:46 am

I watch wheeler dealers by fast forwarding through Brewers shit,and watching Ed or Ant at normal speed,the less I see or hear Brewer.the better

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mark September 22, 2018 at 6:47 pm

No ever seems to mention how unrealistic the programme is. By not putting a value on the labour time of each job the show is meaningless. In the UK garage labour costs vary from £80 AN HOUR right up to £100. Adding in these costs makes every single project on all 14 series a pointless loss. I love the programme but think the profit from each car re-build should be significantly greater. To give greater reality. In the real world Edd (or Ant) would not put that kind of work into a vehicle for such pitiful returns.

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John February 20, 2019 at 6:12 am

You’re right, It costs a bloody fortune to restore an old car – most of them are just not worth the effort, Who would spend hundreds of hours plus the finance to say, restore a mark 3 Escort? , you would only do this to keep it for yourself and for the love of it, theres no profit in it.

I restored 1972 Cortina 2000 GT, it took me £24000 to do it over 10 Years. Its as new.

Its insurance value is £10500

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Mac September 26, 2019 at 12:39 am

Totally agree mate.

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eddie simpson October 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

i like ant in wheeler dealers but since edd china left i have not learnt a thing about repairing cars its now just become a show to watch rather than learn yes i heard he wasn’t approchable off air but who cares i liked him for what he brought to the program

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Mark October 17, 2018 at 9:23 am

Ant isn’t no good in the show Ed was the main reason why the show lasted so long brilliant forgot mike brewer is the reason why the show isn’t any good anymore how about you quit mike brewer

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Colin Sutherland October 21, 2018 at 10:20 am

It just goes to show mike, you and Essex TV have no loyalty or respect, the first person who should have been first choice when ed left should have been Paul, or perhaps Paul left with Ed. l know what Essex TV are like, they approached me about doing a project with them a couple of years ago and they totally messed me about, they could not even be bothered to answer the phone when l called, so l can fully understand why Ed got fed up of them, you can bad mouth Ed all you want, but it shows you have no respect and give car dealers a bad rep

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ash October 26, 2018 at 7:00 am

Edd taught me a lot and mike got fat and that stupid bloody handshake..grrrrr

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bob July 29, 2019 at 8:10 pm

fat mike is HUGE and looks bloated n old……he was ok in old days but he thinks he is a movie star……..whatever lardy……..ed n ant pretty cool

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Dan Hawkins November 20, 2018 at 6:35 pm

What Mike is saying is actually true. I bumped into a researcher for WD long before Ed left the show (in 2011) and he said that ED was a bit full of himself and getting too big for his boots.

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Tim November 28, 2018 at 5:16 am

I can well believe this. My son who is a big petrolhead entered a q&a session online with Ed and said when he was asked what the big deal was with the t shirt over sweatshirt and the political slogans on them he got very irritated and entered the session! You’ve just got to look at his facial expressions when Mike describes the faults!
Ant is much better than Ed the lankyplank and Ive started to watch the show again.

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Dominic November 22, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Maybe Edd realised that the show is pitched in a certain way but the core audience (like myself) record these shows and fast forward through all the bits that Edd is not in. In that situation if he isn’t being given full credit, you can imagine him getting pissed off.

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BastardBA November 23, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Mike, you fat fart !

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rob January 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Still a great show

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Davva January 24, 2019 at 7:48 am

I think Barry Hearn should grab a piece of this Brewer, China carry on. Get the fight on now. It would be the biggest box office main attraction since the Mayweather v Connor show down…!!! Even, “ the thrilla in minilla” would seem insignificant. C’mon, Britain wants this fight…!!!

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TOM March 1, 2019 at 11:51 pm

ALL I CAN SAY IS STOP BUYING CARS FROM MIKE BREWERS MOTOR DEALERSHIPS IN THE UK
LET US ALL HURT THAT SHORT ASSXXXX IN THE POCKET

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Mark March 2, 2019 at 1:49 am

I was initially shocked at Ed China leaving. But one whole series into the new forma and I find that Ant is just as good. And the programme itself is no better and no worse.
Ed China will in the long run realise that he is currently not on TV and not doing anything. As the saying goes no one is biger then the show itself.

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David March 3, 2019 at 6:46 am

I stumbled across Edd China’s YouTube channel and fondly remembered watching Wheeler Dealers.

Then of course saw Edd’s (classy) explanation of why he left the show, and then saw this. Mike Brewer being Mike Brewer I guess (a pikie who tarmacs driveways atthe weekend). The show was all about Edd fixing cars, with Brewer ballooning in at the beginnimg and end, where he sold the car for £20 more than he bought it for. Talentless twat.

So take out ungratious Mike Brewer and you have the perfect show. Nice one 👍

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James Walsh March 21, 2019 at 1:50 am

Just waking up to the changes meself. Awkward chemistry between Mike and Ant. Same distorted expense/profit calculation sans labor costs. Missing Edd and hope he lands in a setting that appreciates his skills. Mike seems to still need a shampoo.

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bill villaverde March 29, 2019 at 2:54 am

BRING BACK ED , THIS NEW GUY IS A DUD , HAS NO CHARM ED MADE THE SHOW , CANT WATCH IT ANYMORE , MIKE BREWER IS THE ONE WHO TJINKS HE IS THE STAR , HE IS BORING ., ENJOYED WHEN ED SHOWED WHAT HI WAS WORKING ON, ALL MIKE DOES FIND A CAR AND SHAKES HANDS BORING ,

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Norma Jayne April 27, 2019 at 7:03 pm

Gonna miss Edd. HE WAS THE SHOW. Won’t work without him. Good luck for the future Edd x

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Mark April 27, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Having watched a fair few of the new episodes. I don’t miss Ed at all. He was an idiot to leave the programme and has done nothing since.
Also, all the crap about the programme being dumbed dow with Ant doing less technical stuff is completely unfounded. if anything the tech parts are longer and more detailed.

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JayW October 23, 2019 at 8:03 am

I agree that the show is better now. Edd’s explanation does not hold water. He probably asked for more money and was replaced.

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Oakley May 11, 2019 at 7:38 pm

Mike is a cockney fat twat never liked him hes the one with a big head , he does fk all in the show and he thinks its his own show just drives around picking up parts…goffa…hes a total wanker…

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Darren Brittain May 20, 2019 at 6:17 am

Totally agree fellas. Someone commenting on a show they don’t like does seem rather odd.

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Kimberley Colclough May 25, 2019 at 4:07 am

Edd rules bring on his show… all hale add China top bloke

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Paul May 28, 2019 at 7:12 am

I worked on a car ants company churned out, shocking.
Also he might have worked on some of the cars on the show with Phil gleninister bit he didn’t build then.
I am assuming it’s the same for all of them because I know a guy who built one for them.
TV is ants goal, not building cars

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Kimberley Colclough May 28, 2019 at 7:36 am

Could not agree with you more. Ant is far less interested in cars and more interested in making money from being a tv celebrity

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Jose August 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Me gustan más los episodios con Edd por que te enseña mucha mecanica

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Steve August 18, 2019 at 3:13 am

I swear hand on heart i have not watched the new programes come on ed go talk to itv or virgin and get your own show it will be a massive success PLEASE REGARDS ED FUCK YOU FAT BOY

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Geoff Jones September 13, 2019 at 10:03 am

Its a bit like Arthur Daley slagging Terry off in Minder

Edi was the programme with his knowledge and expertise in carrying out the repair

If he is a TV Star now then good luck to him

Getting free from someone who was no more than a shady car salesman (that’s the Arthur Daley connection) and thankfully I can’t watch the replacement programme

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Andy September 14, 2019 at 4:31 am

Edd was the show.and its true they dumbed it down even before edd left getting brewer to do mechanical work wearing that pathetic advert on his t shirt for his car company.brewer is and always will be a total tvvat..

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Larry September 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm

I like Ant more for the simple reason that I hope it pisses people off who have some kind of weird celebrity worship of Edd China, get a life, Edd also got quite fat BTW. Actually, I see no difference in the tech part of the show which proves Edd was full of shit for his reasons to leave. I believe Mike Brewer, Edd got too big for his britches, he’s gone for good, very unlikely he’ll ever see success in this business again, spoiled brat comes to mind.

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Nomis1066 October 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

Just like Car SOS, it got taken over by stage managed bullshit and bollocks presenters. Brewer at WD and the even more irritating Tim Shaw on Car SOS. Both dominated at the expense of what it was really all about – restoring the cars with the real stars ‐ Edd China and Fuzz Townsend, showing what they could do.

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Mike Mills October 27, 2019 at 12:47 am

WD is typical of too many current TV shows.l think of them as “Brains and Arse shows”. The brains solves the problems and the arse operates the mouth.

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