Adrian Edmondson brings us more stories behind another summer in the life of the people who live in the Yorkshire Dales.
In this second episode about a Summer in the life of the Yorkshire Dales we follow the emotional return of the Calendar Girls to Grassington as the Grassington Players put on a world premiere performance of the play in the village where the story began.
We meet Stephen Akrigg, goat farmer and cheese maker from Carleton, who has grand plans to expand his herd and his business over the summer.
Spectacularly beautiful it may be but the Dales are also a challenging environment for the people who live and work in some of its remote communities.
Adrian spent many of his childhood summers here with his family, and in this series he returns to see old friends and take new ones too.
He revisits Dales farmers Clive and Amanda Owen and their six children as they face another eventful summer on their remote farm in Swaledale. With such a harsh winter behind them the farming community have felt the challenges of living and working in such a remote place.
Ade meets community theatre group the Grassington Players as they prepare to put on the world amateur dramatic premiere performance of the Calendar Girls play. Having originally started in the village the play really is coming home and it will be an emotional night for the original ‘calendar girls’ who will be there to witness the gala evening.
During the course of the series Ade also tries his hand at capturing Dales wildlife on camera, is given some lessons in livestock auctioneering and joins Dales vet Amy Swales out on the road as she tends to animals in need.
We celebrate with a couple who tie the knot at the spectacular Ripley Castle and, thanks to the dedicated work of teacher David Fox, we enjoy a Proms in the Park with Sir Tim Rice and the Halle Orchestra as Giggleswick School celebrates its five hundredth anniversary - with a little help from David’s opera singing daughter.
We take in some of the Dales summer agricultural shows as the Allison brothers from Marske in Swaledale try to win a cup named in honour of their late father in its inaugural year at the Reeth show.
We see how younger Dales residents spend their summer as the Owen children follow mum Amanda to the local auction house and young James Robinson and his sister Gayle show some sibling rivalry as they both show their calves at Wensleydale Show.
And we find out what it’s like to travel through this tough terrain - by bike with teenager Sam Roper as he takes on the treacherous Three Peak Cyclo-cross Race; by bus with the Upper Wensleydale’s community bus service and by train with the Wensleydale Railway as this summer they try to raise money to re-connect their beloved service to the East Coast mainline.
The Dales is made by ITV Studios Factual Entertainment arm Shiver. It is series produced by Sarah Ladbury and executive produced by Shiver’s Creative Director, Mark Robinson.