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Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green

  • Episode: 

    7 of 8

  • Transmission: 

    Mon 16 Dec 2013
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 51 2013 : Sat 14 Dec - Fri 20 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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In episode seven, Robson explores the unique tastes of the Northumberland coast. 
 
Robson hikes up the Northumberland coast meeting the Lords, Ladies, pub owners and fishermen keeping Northumberland’s culinary heritage alive. 
 
Robson heads to Howick Hall to meet the aristocratic family who have left an indelible mark on British history.  
 
The 2,500-acre estate has been home to the Grey family since the 1530s. In the mid 19th century, the second Earl Grey, was the Prime Minister responsible for fundamental changes in British society including the abolition of slavery.
 
Earl Grey is probably best known, however, for a type of tea that has become quintessentially English. 
 
Robson meets the current residents of Howick, Earl Grey’s great-great-great-grandson Charles and his wife Claire, and learns the history of Earl Grey tea before exploring one of Britain’s greatest coastal gardens.
 
Next, at the fishing village of Craster, Robson visits one of the region’s last traditional smokehouses to learn the history of the famous Craster Kipper.
 
Robson’s final destination is a thriving Northumbrian pub, The Ship Inn. It’s here that Robson performs as part of a band created for one night only, Robson and the Northumbrians. 
 
With Robson on lead guitar and vocals, he says, “Live music’s always had a role to play in the traditional Northumberland pub. So I thought it was time to make a bit of a comeback.” 
 
Robson finishes the performance by saying, “It’s got number one written all over it. Take it from me, I know.” 
 
 
Series overview:
 
Actor Robson Green returns to his home turf for a new factual series, which sees him lead viewers through a unique and often overlooked part of Britain that remains close to his heart.
 
In Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, Robson reveals why the county of his birth, to which he has recently returned to live, still remains for him a magical and mysterious ancient kingdom. 
 
Over eight episodes, Robson travels the length and breadth of this magical landscape by land, sea and air to see things he’s never seen before and discover a side of Northumberland that he never knew.
 
He immerses himself in many of the unique experiences the area has to offer, spending the night in one of the most remote spots in Britain, stargazing into the darkest skies in England and exploring the rich and deep history of a county which has its own flag, tartan and dialect. Not forgetting its iconic locations such as Holy Island and Hadrian’s Wall, which are key to the nation’s ancestral roots. 
 
Stretching from just north of Newcastle up to the Scottish border, Northumberland boasts more castles than any other county as well as vast expanses of unspoilt, rugged countryside, allowing Robson to encounter all walks of county life from a lord and lady to a shepherdess. 
 
As he reconnects with his homeland, Robson also sees it like never before and whether faced with sleeping in a lighthouse, or being attacked by birds in the wilderness, it’s not an experience he will be forgetting any time soon.