‘You may be asking why I’m driving around the country towing a little caravan behind me. Well, I want to experience and celebrate everything that's great about Britain. From Cornish pasties to Kentish ales, from Morris dancing to sea shanties – I'm not saying that Britain is best, but I think it's in the top one’ – Ade Edmondson
Actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson is back for a second series of ITV Daytime’s Ade in Britain.
From ITV Studios’ production arm Shiver, Ade in Britain sees Ade travel the country sharing his own personal observations, wit and warmth with the British public - who teach him an array of traditional skills along the way.
From Cornwall to Cumbria, Suffolk to Yorkshire, Ade travels the length and breadth of Britain in the 30 x ‘60 series. In each episode Ade drives to a different part of the country taking viewers into the heartland of its scenic beauty. With his mobile kitchen in tow, Ade meets the people at the heart of the community responsible for the food, drink and rich heritage that make each area so distinct.
As well as investigating the legends and landscape of this historic country, Ade immerses himself in its unique local cultures - trying his hand at traditional pastimes including fly-fishing, cider making, basket weaving, glassblowing, mushroom foraging and haggis hurling.
Ade in Britain is produced by Simon Paintin and executive produced by Sally Evans.
Episode information: 18 – 22 March 2013
Monday 18 March - WELSH COAST
In today’s programme, actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson is off to the beach as he makes his way to the Welsh Coast to discover the region’s finest British foods and crafts. He meets a butter maker who is keeping her 100-year-old family recipe alive, takes to the river in a traditional coracle, pops in for a slice of Bara brith at Britain’s oldest Women’s Institute and goes back in time when he visits a Victorian Punch and Judy show, before cooking up some local sausages.
Tuesday 19 March - STAFFORDSHIRE
Today actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson visits Staffordshire, as he continues to search for the best regional British foods and traditions. He learns about the county’s most cherished portable snack, the oatcake; visits the regions Marmite factory and pays a visit to the Potteries where he is taught the delicate art of producing ceramics by hand. Before he leaves, Adrian meets some dancers keeping an unusual dancing ceremony alive, and cooks up a delicious local dessert.
Wednesday 20 March - NORTHERN IRELAND
Comedian Adrian Edmondson is searching for the finest traditional foods, crafts and customs, but today he’s leaving Britain to explore Northern Ireland where he visits a famous apple orchard, is taught the traditional art of basket weaving and bakes some local soda bread. A local dance group provide the entertainment as Adrian cooks up a delicious Irish delicacy.
Thursday 21 March - CORNWALL
In today’s programme, comedian Adrian Edmondson makes his way to the South of England to explore the rich food and craft heritage in Cornwall. He sails out for a spot of night-time fishing to learn about the region’s sardine industry, shows his competitive side when he take part in a pilot gig boat race and after sampling some handmade ale, bakes some biscuits for a local group of harpists.
Friday 22 March - EAST LONDON
Today on his exploration of Britain’s finest regional foods and traditions, comedian Adrian Edmondson visits London’s East End. He makes an early morning call to the famous Billingsgate fish market, helps cook up a true cockney feast of pie, eels and liquor sauce and then gets to the bottom of an unusual Easter celebration. From the back of his caravan, Adrian cooks up a London Particular for the local Pearly Kings and Queens.