Published: Wed 01 May 2013
Returning for a new 12-part third series, Adrian Edmondson returns home to Yorkshire to bring us more stories behind another summer in the life of the people who live in the Yorkshire Dales.
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 make 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 500th 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.
In this opening episode about life in the Yorkshire Dales, we return to Ravenseat Farm where sheep farmers Clive and Amanda Owen live along with their six young children. Ade spends a day on the farm working with Clive and Amanda introduces Ade to the newest addition to the Owen family, baby Sidney. Could there really be more babies on the way or will Amanda stop at six?
We meet Angela Baker, the original ‘Miss February’ in the world famous W.I calendar. This summer the local theatrical group, the Grassington Players are about to stage the world am dram premiere of the Calendar Girls stage play. It promises to be an emotional night for six of the original Calendar Girls as they see their very personal play come home to the Yorkshire Dales.
And we return to Kirkby Malham to meet young farmer Will Wildman who we see leaving school to take on a more hands-on role on the family farm. This summer he will try to improve the farm’s sheep flock to help provide a secure future for this ancient farm.