High Gear’s Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris tackle the Wall Of Demise in tonight’s episode. And, though I survived the stunt myself, I can verify it’s utterly and totally terrifying.
Followers of the BBC One present first bought a glimpse of the toe-curling problem within the trailer for the brand new sequence, by which Freddie described it as ‘brilliantly silly’. Paddy however, who had already crashed a Lamborghini Diablo whereas filming, was lots much less thrilled.
‘They’ve gone, “How can we get the scores? We’ll kill all of them”,’ he stated as he bore witness to the overwhelming circuit. He later confessed the hosts ‘practically died’ after having accomplished the duty.
I can also attest to Paddy’s fears. Arriving at Alexandra Palace, I used to be oblivious on the monstrous stunt that awaited me, having solely been instructed I used to be invited by the BBC to a High Gear ‘expertise’.
Little did I do know, that I’d quickly be face-to-face with the large carnival experience, that vaguely jogged my memory of the round cage Homer Simpson needed to deal with on a motorcycle in The Simpsons Film. The one distinction was I wasn’t about to do ground to ceiling loop-de-loops. Fortunate me.
Having placed on a security helmet and handed the Covid-19 checks, I used to be walked over to the dome and launched to my driver and the kart that I’d quickly be defying gravity in.
I took on High Gear’s Wall Of Demise (Image: BBC)
In contrast to Freddie, Paddy and Chris, who needed to tackle The Wall Of Demise in insurance coverage write-off previous bangers, I used to be chauffeured across the Wheel Of Demise by an expert stunt driver in a bit buggy. My driver proudly instructed me he may keep up there on the wall for ‘a few hours on the proper pace, simply as long as he’s fed.’ Oh, and that he began cracking the daredevil experience aged 11.
Chris, Paddy and Freddie tackle The Wall Of Demise tonight (Image: BBC0
In whole, the expertise lasted simply over one minute and truthfully, I wasn’t upset that it didn’t go on for longer. All through the experience, video footage seems to point out I used to be moderately relaxed because of my adrenaline presenting itself by way of bouts of nervous laughter. Inside, I used to be sh****g myself. Shortly reaching speeds of over 40mph, I used to be quickly getting dizzy past perception. Fortunately although, I wasn’t within the driver’s seat as a result of I nearly actually would have simply blacked out and/or misplaced management.
Simply because the going bought bearable, it was time to come back again down once more.
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High Gear’s Wall Of Demise stunt has been half a decade within the making. The present’s govt producer Alex Renton first touted the concept 5 years in the past and given Paddy, Chris and Freddie’s willingness to tackle any death-defying problem thrown of their route, it made sense to show this concept right into a actuality for the 29th sequence.
I managed to tackle The Wall Of Demise and never faint earlier than, after or throughout – however I wasn’t even driving. So main kudos to Paddy, Chris and Freddie for stepping as much as the plate and confronting the megastructure solo. It’s no simple experience, that’s for positive.
High Gear airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One.
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