Edd China on leaving Wheeler Dealers

Edd China on leaving Wheeler Dealers

Yes, I am afraid it is true, and I am really sorry.
Afer 13 years of making Wheeler Dealers, I am now going to be leaving the show.
Wheeler Dealers is a great car show, reportedly the biggest on the planet at the moment
It is broadcast in about 220 territories around the globe
and apparently has several hundred million viewers worldwide.
This success would not have been possible without the huge collaborative effort
by the production team over the years but most of all because of the loyalty and appreciation of our fans
who have kept watching, in ever increasing numbers around the globe. Because you kept watching it; we kept making it. So thank you all for that.
Making Wheeler Dealers is no easy task and every episode requires a massive effort from a dedicated team of people.
We started, all those years ago, on a niche channel in the UK with just a small production:
Michael Wood and Dan Allum; the founders of Attaboy TV and originators of the show,
one production manager, a camera man, a sound man and Mike and myself.
One hundred and thirty five cars later we have grown to a production team of over forty five staff,
and we are now entertaining much of the TV watching planet. It’s been quite a ride.
It was exactly the worldwide popularity of Wheeler Dealers and sheer size of the audience,
coupled with the lack of product placement and brand endorsements within the show which meant that Discovery US and Velocity Channel
saw an opportunity for further exploitation of the brand and so, after season twelve, the show commission was taken over
by Velocity Channel in the US, who decided to replace Attaboy TV with Discovery Studios in California.
Unfortunately, on Velocity’s first attempt at producing the show they found Wheeler Dealers ‘too difficult to make’, ‘at least in its current format’.
In particular, the detailed and in depth coverage of my fixes in the workshop;
what I consider to be the backbone and USP of the programme, are something Velocity feel should be reduced.
The workshop jobs are certainly the hardest part of the show to make
and reducing their substance and role in the show will save the production considerable time, effort and therefore money.
However, this new direction is not something I am comfortable with
as I feel the corners I was being asked to cut compromised the quality of my work
and would erode my integrity as well as that of the show,
so I have come to the conclusion that my only option is to let Velocity get on with it, without me.
Wheeler Dealers has been an enormous part of my life since 2002, a real roller coaster of demanding challenges and triumphant moments.
It has been a privilege to meet and work with so many great people
from the workshop to the joy rides, to be allowed to experience so many fabulous cars and amazing locations.
Leaving the show at the height of its success has been a really tough decision to make
Sometimes you’ve just got to break free from the confines of your rut and head for the far horizon.
I would like to thank Attaboy TV, Mike, our incredible crew, and everyone who has contributed to making such a great programme for all of these years.
A special thank you must go to every one of our fans for watching these past thirteen series,
it has been great having you along for the ride, your appreciation means so much.
Mike and Velocity will continue to make Wheeler Dealers,
apparently with Ant Anstead taking my place in the workshop, so new episodes will be on your screens in due course.
Being the new boy is never easy, so please give Ant your support,
I wish him the very best of luck.
It will certainly be nice to see Mike turn up at the workshop with yet another wreck knowing I don’t have to do any of the work!
As for me, I am already working on some great new projects which will expand my world in new directions
as I will have a bit of time on my hands, I’ll even start to put some things up on my youTube channel, so keep an eye out for that.
Right now though, I just feel relieved and exhilarated with freedom and I can’t wait to get cracking on the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
For years Discovery have been encouraging everyone to: ‘make your world bigger’
and that is exactly what I am now doing.

100 Replies to “Edd China on leaving Wheeler Dealers”

  1. ((😏)) sorry but it just won’t be the same without you Eddie China … it just won’t be the same , may it be happy trails to ya brother : ✌🏻🌾

  2. Hello Mr. CHINA. I am a French viewer who has been watching Wheeler Dealers for years. The French channel RMC Découverte, still broadcasts to this day episodes of Wheeler Dealers where you appear. You have passionate about the quality of your work and the explanations you give about your work. You have made this show a must. We will miss you. Good luck in your new projects.

  3. Sorry Ant but jog on lol . Ed cheers for all the mems of motors ive owned such as the 1600E Cortina and Jensen Interceptor . Your a top man and i dont blame you leaving as i would also cheeky twats . Stay Lucky mate 😎

  4. Dear Edd,

    Sorry for the very late response, Edd.
    Not very often here, recognized your farewell at this place first time today.

    Nothing to worry about and nothing to reason with, Edd!

    Life and living is about changing not wheeling like a hamster either hard work though.
    Be happy and proud it was you who put the foot down, no matter a third party or fate
    stepped on – you should be grateful for it.

    If it was someones fault – than it was yours missing the escape hatch prior they turned up.
    Because you and Mike were already worn out at the time you started to import ancient lorries, muscle cars and expensive rare breeds only a very tiny fraction of your former audience ever came across either for repair or as a buyer.

    I wish you and your loved ones all the best and many many thanks for more than a decade of adding utmost quality to my life.

    Michael Damian

  5. It’s a shame to see you go edd loved watching the show and your knowledge and tips have helped me do some of my own repairs on my cars good luck in the future hope to see your new projects soon so from Australia good luck mate

  6. It was certainly a hard decision, but I think you choose the best one. Wheeler Dealer is my favourite TV program, and you was the main reason I watch it. You are and you'll stay the best mechanician I have never seen. Good luck for the future. Greetings from France !

  7. only one looser for me and that's wheeler dealers no edd no show loved all the technical details got me fired up to get my tools out again thanks edd best regards to the family

  8. A gentlemanly way of putting things across Edd, because it can't have been easy quitting the programme and being treated the way they treated you regarding your tools and some of the things Mike has said about you since you left.
    In view of the tremendous success of the original set up of the programme I'm a bit staggered no-one has taken a chance by offering you another programme based in the UK/Europe.
    After all Velocity have diminished the programme in my eyes by transferring it to the USA where it will become just another American car programme.
    Good luck with your future ventures.

  9. If it's so good and so well wacthed why stop ? And make 45 people out of work ? Any way you can work on my van if you like


  11. Gd luck in what u do in the future mate love ur program edd hope to see in the near future and good look with ur YouTube channel

  12. Merci Edd pour toutes ces années remplies de joies et de bonheur. Franchement vous êtes un pilier de cette émission vos compétences en mécanique et votre façon d’apparaître devant la caméra me manque. Alors bon vent mon ami et surtout bonne route …..

  13. Hello Edd your show very interesting very professional so much information about car parts and repairements we watchin from kyrgyzstan thank you very much

  14. Merci edd pour toutes ces années à vous suivre avec Mike. J'ai commencé à apprendre la mécanique en vous regardant. J'aimais particulièrement le format de votre émission qui laissait du temps à vous voir bricoler et montrer des astuces. Je vous souhaite une belle réussite dans vos projets.

  15. Learned more about car mechanics from Edd than from every other car show combined. No Edd, no Wheeler Dealer for me. Not to mention now we have to see Ant's semi famous wife show up on his show as he has shown up on her. No coincidence that they found a reality tv mechanic that is married to a reality tv home improvement personality from one of the highest rated home shows.

  16. Edd, you were wheeler dealers. That fat little "cockney wide boy", ("wide as in, little fat cunt!") was a distraction. "Here edd, 'old out yer 'and san (sic), I've just sold my mate up the river!

  17. Ed, Ant can’t carry your water let alone adequately replace you. I loved learning from you over the years. Best of luck in your future

  18. Just saw video of that creep you call Mike ,, , spouting bullshit about you ,,, no one believes a work that comes out his face ,,,,hope your doing great, take care

  19. FFS…..WD was in two parts. I always carefully watched China's detail work, learning from that.
    Then, when Brewer had his smartass segments, I would either go fetching a brew, or fastforward past it
    Reducing the segments with China would be to amputate the interesting and entertaining content.

  20. I must admit I have watched some of the new wheeler dealers , it is no where near as good as the old show ,,, and yes the best parts of the show was ed China the guy is a very talented mechanic and a real humble guy , I look forward to watching you soon ed , all the best mate

  21. Edd you litterally hit the nail on the head main reason I watched the show, was your detailed explanation of the mechanics and footage of it all going back together. Best of luck mate in your new adventures!

  22. So sorry you were squeezed out like that Edd. I never cared for Mike but your quality of work kept me glued to the show. I will watch your you tube channel for your new shows!

  23. I had the privilege of meeting you and Mike at NEC Car show. I wish you all the best in your future Edd. You made the right decision. I hope you have your own TV show soon dedicated to mechanics and car restoration.

  24. EDD, I am going to miss you, you were the only reason I watched the show . So what ever you are doing now my friend I hope it brings you much happiness and success. Thanks for the years you gave us.

  25. Edd I'm years behind but just tuned Inn I wish u well and will look forward to the videos big thumbs up edd. Peace n love ma dude

  26. Edd, Wheeler Dealers without you will lose its principal interest and character.
    Who is so stupid that he does not understand that without Edd, WD is an empty shell ?

  27. Was watching the whole series in motor trend and you can see clearly when the show loses its appeal. At a certain season the fixes stop being detailed and start to be cuted and rushed. Parts are installed in the car with just a mention, "with the interior finished we are done". Just stopped watching it.

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