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Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad

  • Episode: 

    3 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 16 Jan 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 03 2019 : Sat 12 Jan - Fri 18 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Series overview
 
Actor Bradley Walsh and his 20-year-old son Barney are hitting the road together for a brand-new four-part series, travelling over 2000 miles from Los Angeles to New Orleans. They might be father and son but when it comes to travelling they are worlds apart, with Bradley keen to relax while Barney wants to live life a little more on the edge. Worried his old man is too stuck in his ways, Barney has decided to take matters into his own hands with an adventurous trip that his dad will never forget.
 
With Barney about to turn 21 and leave home, he has convinced Bradley this is the perfect time for a father and son trip in the US. Starting in the showbiz capital of the world, LA, they will travel through Arizona and Texas to New Orleans in the deep south, with plenty of surprises along the way. Adrenaline junkie Barney is determined to push Bradley to his limits with alligator feeding, cowboy training, intense space simulators, driving and firing tanks AND - Brad’s worst nightmare - a small spot of sky diving all on the secret agenda. It’s sure to be one hell of a ride.
 
Episode 3
 
In episode three Bradley and Barney are in Texas where they visit a space centre, learn how to fire tanks and hear campfire tales about UFOs.
 
First up, the pair follow in the footsteps of astronauts such as John Glenn as they undertake some centrifuge training, which is used to prepare astronauts for the crushing gravitational forces produced at take-off from the extreme exhilaration. The machine will let Bradley and Barney experience five times the gravitational force than that on earth - but there is a risk of blacking out.
 
As they don their suits and check out the capsule which many famous spacemen have sat in before them, Bradley says: “That is so cool. I’m very apprehensive, I’ll be honest.”
 
Barney goes first as his dad watches on nervously. Afterwards, Barney tells him: “You’re not going to like it. I don’t think so. I am genuinely worried that I have taken this too far.”
 
Bradley takes an initial flight in the machine which takes him to 5g gradually, afterwards he says: “That was horrible.” But he agrees to go for a second trip which will see him hit 5g twice as fast.
 
After leaving the space centre, Barney takes Bradley to a shooting range with a difference – this one includes shooting the guns on a tank.
 
Spencer Tesanovich from the range tells them: “Everything here is fully functional. If it doesn’t work or shoot, we don’t have a use for it. This is the only place in the world where you can shoot a tank with a full power load.” 
 
Barney says: “I’ve never seen so many guns in one place, this is crazy.”
 
Bradley and Barney take to the controls of a leopard tank, which are still active around the world today, and Bradley has a hair-raising moment as Barney bombs around the range at full speed. The pair then get to grips with a Sherman tank’s machine gun before blasting through two cars with the main gun. 
 
Finally the dad and son head to the outskirts of Houston to meet some UFO enthusiasts who investigate claimed sightings of extra-terrestrials. The pair are gripped with stories of spaceships blocking roads and people being taken by aliens for experiments.  
 
Produced by Hungry Bear Media for ITV.