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Ben Fogle spent much of his childhood in and around Dorset and has blissfully happy memories of his time there. Now, Ben catches up with the places and people he holds dear to his heart.
In episode six, Ben’s on beach patrol at Sandbanks, there’s a fashion show in town, and record-breaking fish and chips are on the menu.
The millionaires’ paradise of Sandbanks has a long-standing reputation for wealth and opulence. The event of the season is the annual British Polo Championships. One the highlights of the Sandbanks social calendar, this event is attended by the glitterati of Poole who this year also have a sparkling fashion show to look forward to. Hosted by event organiser and designer Jason Edwards with the help of fashionista Julian Bennett, they are planning to put on a glittering catwalk show to remember.
With 255 million portions sold annually, fish and chips are a national institution. Ben meets a local chef who thinks he’s found a great way to celebrate such a popular dish.
Head chef at one of the harbour’s most renowned restaurants, Paul Damon seeks global recognition by breaking the record for the world’s largest portion of fish and chips. The biggest challenge is to find a fish large enough.
After spending four years in London honing his skills, Paul returned to Poole for the quieter pace of life and beautiful scenery. We follow Paul as he scours fish suppliers looking for a record-breaker. Will his 11 and a half stone catch secure him a Guinness World Record title?
The golden sands and clear blue waters of Sandbanks are world famous. In 2012, the beach received the prestigious Blue Flag status for a record breaking 25th year running – making it officially Britain’s best beach. Keeping standards consistently high is beach team leader Tracey Moore.
After leaving a career in medical research 9 years ago, Tracey made the beach her new office. Tracey tells the programme, “People come back time and time again to our beaches… It’s the best job in the world.”
Tracey’s beloved beach is being transformed into a catwalk for the glamorous fashion show. As the typically unpredictable British weather causes last minute changes, will the show go down a storm?