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Griff's Great Britain

  • Episode: 

    1 of 8

  • Title: 

    South Downs
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 04 Jan 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 01 2016 : Sat 02 Jan - Fri 08 Jan
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  • Status: 

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Following the success of A Great Welsh Adventure, Griff Rhys Jones sets out on a typically intrepid series of explorations and challenges in this brand-new, eight-part series.
With his trademark inquisitiveness and thirst for the eclectic and little-known, Griff sets out to explore eight very disparate kinds of quintessentially British terrain, from downs to highlands, coasts to wolds and everything in between – unearthing some quirky and funny facts en route. 
Britain is home to a huge variety of landscapes, and their sheer natural abundance takes centre stage as Griff investigates how they have each dictated different ways of living, working and playing – both in the past and as they are now - across the entire country.
And as he embarks on each stage of his journey, Griff encounters a unique challenge. It could be posted in a shop window, stuck inside a parking ticket, even emblazoned across a deckchair, and demanding an often bizarre-sounding task, from finding a golden eagle to hunting a vampire. 
In tonight’s opening episode, Griff explores the stunningly beautiful South Downs in Sussex. In search of what makes this landscape so special, Griff takes in a bird’s eye view from the air and a biker’s view from the ground –  and along the way attempts to get to know one of the region’s woolliest inhabitants.
Future episodes see Griff visiting the Suffolk/Essex estuaries, Scottish Highlands, Dartmoor, North Yorkshire coast, Lake District, Cotswolds and the Welsh/Shropshire borders.