Wacky Racers gives a unique insight into one of Britan’s most popular and addictive pastimes- pigeon racing.

Taff and Kelly are a couple who are ‘mad for it!  “I don’t have any children so they’re my babies,”-Kelly. “I kiss the birds before each race and one sleeps in my bed.”

The cameras follow Taff and Kelly through the highs and lows of a racing season. In their first race, they lose 74 Pigeons, a complete disaster. But they fight on to bigger and better things.

Chris is an experienced flyer. Breeding and motivating the highest quality birds. He has no time for slackers. “If a pigeon can’t keep up, it gets disposed of. I have no time for rubbish!”-Chris

Jeff is an older racer, he suffers from a rare lung problem caused by the bloom from the pigeon’s feathers. “I was told if I didn’t give them up it would kill me,” Jeff.” They will have to go before  I do.”

Selective breeding, training, and understanding all play a part in creating a champion pigeon some of which can race 500 miles home in a single day.

Filmed in and around Bristol, the film explores the lives of these committed and obsessive racers.

CAST & CREW

The Pigeon Racers

Chris Balson

Dilwyn Evan (Taff)

Kelly Devonald

Nigel Templar

Jeff Blakely

Camera

Additional Camera

Dubbing Editor

Online Editor

Researcher

Executive Producer for HTV

Director: Editor

Scott Tibbles

SeanO’Driscoll

David Yapp

Sharon Stiles

Patsy Titcomb

James  Garrett

Stuart Napier

 

Thanks to Peter Bryant,-The Royal Pigeon Racing Association-The Towers South Road Flying Club-David Worgan.

An SN production in Association with Carlton for the West of England

REVIEWS

‘A funny and engaging documentary’ – The Royal Television Society.

“Brilliant!”-RPRA

“Wacky Racers takes off with a flurry of feathers and a mass flapping of wings”- Bristol Evening Post.

‘A fascinating documentary”- Venue Magazine