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Paul O’Grady’s Great British Escape

  • Episode:

    3 of 6

  • Title:

    Kent

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 25 Nov 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 48 2020 : Sat 21 Nov - Fri 27 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Fri 06 Nov 2020

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Paul O’Grady’s Great British Escape

Series overview

“Kent is known as the garden of England but her beauty has been slightly tarnished lately because all you hear about Kent is lorry parks and operation stack on the M20. I think it’s about time Kent was given a fair hearing because there’s some lovely stuff down here and a hell of a lot I haven’t seen, you know.” Paul O’Grady

In this brand new six-part ITV series, presenter Paul O’Grady shares the beautiful sights, stories and secrets of his beloved adopted home county, Kent. 

With foreign holidays off the cards, Paul’s heading off in search of thrills, spills and misadventure on his very own doorstep, from his Kent farm.  He will escape across all corners of the county to discover the weird, wonderful, extraordinary and unusual gems that Kent has to offer. From exploring some of the county’s extraordinary scenery and wildlife to unearthing quirky tales of local history and tradition – Paul is on a mission to share the ultimate Kent staycation and lots of laughter along the way.

An Olga TV Production.

Episode 3

This episode sees Paul head off on an expedition to explore Kent’s stunning coastline that stretches over 350 miles, hiding many surprising secrets.

Paul’s escape starts in Dover Harbour where he boards a speed boat to blast along the iconic white cliffs. The journey takes Paul past wartime tunnels and over long-lost shipwrecks before having an emotional encounter with some of Kent’s more unexpected residents; a colony of harbour seals living on a disused MOD navy base.

Back on land, Paul heads further up the coast to the picture-perfect seaside town of Broadstairs; once the favourite holiday spot of Charles Dickens. Paul meets the author’s Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter Lucinda and they uncover a remarkable coincidence between their two families…  In 1849, Dickens witnessed the double hanging of Paul’s relatives, the notorious Mannings convicted of a murder known as the ‘Bermondsey Horror’.  It’s a amazing story about the murky past of Paul’s ancestors!

No trip along the coastline would be complete without sampling Kent’s most famous seafood export – native oysters.  Braving monsoon conditions, a soaking Paul arrives in Whitstable to meet the West family who have been sorting, selling and shucking oysters for five generations. A good haul from one boat is fifty Native Oysters, and it seems Paul is tempted to eat the lot in one sitting…

With his taste buds tingling, Paul returns to the white cliffs and the picturesque St Margaret’s Bay to seek out more bounty from the sea. Professional forager Lucia Stuart leads Paul on a journey of discovery across the cliff edges and rockpools. Paul learns that whilst mermaid’s dust might be ok on pizza, brown seaweed tastes like the soul of his shoe.