Three celebrity worlds collided in a field in Banbury to mark the launch of Forces Radio BFBS on nationwide DAB+ radio.
Former England football captain Stuart Pearce MBE, TV presenter Jenni Falconer and Love Island’s Georgia Steel are given a once in a lifetime experience, as they’re put through their paces in a series of military challenges.
Each task was aimed at equipping them with the skills to pass the British military’s official test to qualify as a military vehicle driver in the Army.
To up the stakes further, an element of competition is also introduced amongst the stars of sport and TV to see who out of Stuart, Georgia and Jenni would be the best equipped for a career change.
To find out the inside story on which, if any, of the unlikely trio made the grade during the extensive test, listeners can tune into a new ‘fusion’ music and military programme – On Track with Forces Radio BFBS – which launches on 30th October.
The show offers an entertaining and in-depth insight into the what happened when the three celebrities were sent on a military vehicle driving course, to mark Forces Radio BFBS being available to a wider audience on DAB+, as well as other existing platforms.
The military radio network tasked the much-loved stars with the mission of manoeuvring a track vehicle through thick, muddy water, balancing it on a knife edge and driving it round a gruelling course, in an attempt to pass a set of super challenging driving skills.
The tasks earned each of them an exclusive insight into the incredible expertise that the British military demonstrate all over the world every day.
The three skills tests:
* The Abbot Course – Stuart, Georgia and Jenni went for a rough ride as they each jerked around the Abbot Course, testing their driving skills and navigating sinking mud, huge puddles and jarring drops. The Abbot Course is a track used for teaching people how to drive an Abbott self-propelled gun.
* The Swim – Battling the clock and competition of their fellow celebrity tank drivers, the celebrities used the Lance Armoured Vehicle to 'swim' through deep water testing their precision and efficiency at their new-found skills.
* The Knife Edge Balance – Stuart, Georgia and Jenni had to demonstrate extreme concentration to balance the front of a vehicle off a small ledge, ensuring they had the perfect equilibrium to keep the tank in this precarious position.
At the end of the challenges, Stuart, Georgia and Jenni were each given a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ to suggest whether or not they would cut the mustard in the British military.
Adding another degree of complexity to the challenge, the celebrities were interviewed by Forces Radio BFBS presenters Amy Casey and Jay James whilst attempting the Abbot Course section of the driving skills test.
The results will be broadcast as part of a new three-part content series and radio show, ‘On Track with Forces Radio BFBS’, which will air on Tuesdays at 6:00pm from Tuesday October 30th through November 2018. Forces Radio BFBS is available on DAB+ and other platforms.
Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Radio BFBS, commented:
‘‘The centenary of the Armistice, and the launch of our radio station on DAB+, make it a timely opportunity to remind our radio listeners and the British public of the skills and determination of our armed forces. What better way to do this than by bringing together three high profile figures from totally different celebrity worlds, and challenging them to undertake one of the key proficiencies we expect from the military on a daily basis.
Our new radio and content series, On Track with Forces Radio BFBS, brings to life the demands placed on our armed forces.
Although they all found it extremely exhilarating, Stuart, Jenni and Georgia’s experience shows just how tough - and at times dangerous – a day in the life of our armed forces really is…”