The BBC has commissioned a new series which will see teams of farmers from across the UK compete in a series of challenges, writes Tom Horton of the Press Association.

The Fast And The Farmer(ish) will provide “a glimpse into the lives of young farmers in an entertaining new competitive series”, a statement from the broadcaster said.

It is the first commission to come out of BBC Three’s partnership with BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.

The seven-part series, which will be presented by Tom Pemberton, will see two teams compete against each other in tractors in a series of driving challenges.

It has been created by the production company Alleycats.

Eddie Doyle, head of content commissioning at BBC Northern Ireland, said: “Alleycats have done an amazing job with The Fast And The Farmer(ish), showing how rural competitiveness can be converted into high-octane entertainment that fits perfectly with BBC Three’s core brand.

“We’re delighted that our work with BBC Three and Northern Ireland Screen has led to this wonderful new series and are equally excited about the upcoming set of pilots.”