Aerial Republic moves up a gear for TV

Matt leBlanc, Top Gear presenter.
Matt leBlanc, Top Gear presenter.
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A drone company from Yorkshire secured a lucrative deal to film footage of the new series of BBC’s motoring show Top Gear.

Aerialrepublic.com, based in Wetherby, was commissioned to capture hours of aerial footage featuring new co-host Matt LeBlanc.

Aerial Republic was commissioned by Extreme Facilities, the production company behind the popular motoring show, to capture footage of LeBlanc riding a sand buggy through a remote desert location in Morocco.

The footage was broadcast on May 29 during the first episode of the 23rd series of the show.

Lois Etheridge, operations director at Aerial Republic, said: “The fact that our aerial videography experience was called upon by the team behind one of the most popular television shows in the world is a testament to the specialised knowledge and experience that we bring to each and every project.

“Filming for Top Gear was an experience that was game changing both on a personal level and for the company, as it has allowed us to add another major name to our portfolio as we continue to work with bigger industry players.”

The firm travelled to Morocco in April this year, working with presenters Chris Evans, LeBlanc and the show’s producers to film three days of aerial footage using a set of high-agility drones worth over £75,000.

The company was also commissioned by Top Gear to film content in Snowdonia National Park in Wales in December 2015, which is due to be aired in an upcoming episode of the current series.

Aerial Republic was founded in 2014 and continues to work on television shows including MTV’s Geordie Shore, BBC One’s Great British Bake Off and global world culture channel National Geographic.

The firm employs a team of six Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) videography and production specialists to capture broadcast quality aerial film, documentary and television footage.

Top Gear was relaunched this year after the departure of its previous presenters.