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Paddy McGuinness to head Inside the Factory

Paddy McGuinness is to replace Gregg Wallace as the new presenter of BBC Two’s Inside The Factory.

The series, which is made by Voltage TV is described a a”celebration of manufacturing.”

“One of my first jobs was in a factory so I’ve come full circle. I’m fascinated by the machinery and the people who make it all tick,” said McGuinness.

“Hair nets aside, I can’t wait to get cracking!” 

McGuinness will join fellow presenters Cherry Healey and historian Ruth Goodman for the ninth series, which goes into production later this year ahead of transmission in 2024.

“Inside the Factory is one of the BBC’s best-loved Factual brands,” added Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual.

“It deserves to have a big star at the helm – so I’m unbelievably excited that Paddy is putting on his white coat and rising to the challenge. He has a passion for production and engineering that’s impossible to fake. Working alongside current presenters Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman, I know Paddy will bring new energy to this joyful series. I can’t wait to see him in action.”

Former presenter, Greg Wallace stepped down following an “issue” within the production, although he denied reports suggesting it was due to “inappropriate” (but non-sexual) comments made during a “friendly conversation.”

He explained to This Morning that the reporting wasn’t “accurate” and that following the “issue” it was the “perfect time” to leave and help care for his 3-year-old son, who is autistic and non-verbal.

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