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Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad

  • Episode: 

    4 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 23 Jan 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 04 2019 : Sat 19 Jan - Fri 25 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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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 4
 
In episode four, Bradley and Barney travel to New Orleans in Louisiana, the fourth and final US State of their trip. Sitting on the mighty Mississippi, New Orleans is known for its vibrant nightlife, live music and laidback attitude. Bradley and Barney drive across the border in their RV and head straight for the city’s most famous mode of transport – the steamboat.
 
Barney tells his Dad: “I know how much you love jazz and I know how much you love boats, so we’re going to spend the afternoon on The Natchez.”
 
Bradley is delighted to meet the Captain for a personal tour of the boat and ever the proud dad, he encourages Barney to accompany the boat’s resident jazz band on the piano, to the delight of the other passengers.
 
With Bradley back behind the wheel of the enormous RV, next up Barney has arranged for them to meet a Voodoo High Priest for a spot of energy cleansing and tells a horrified Brad: “I’d love to get a doll of you and stuck some needles in it…see if it works.”
 
Bradley is less than enthused: “Nah don’t go doing that. You know I don’t like stuff like that.  I don’t like any old Ouija boards or anything like that. I ain’t having none of that.”
 
Despite his reservations, they pull up outside the home of The Divine Prince Ty Emmecca. The Voodoo religion remains a big part of New Orleans culture and one of its main beliefs is that our ancestors stay with us, in spirit. Bradley and Barney kneel barefoot to be brushed with wet plants to cleanse them.
 
For their final day on the road, they head 75 miles out of the city to the marshes surrounding a small town called Gibson, to go down a river full of Louisiana’s oldest residents, the alligators. 
 
True to form, Bradley isn’t keen on Barney’s itinerary: “Why would we do that? I don’t want to do that. That’s not what I want to do. What happens if we tip over?”
 
They climb onboard a small boat and head down the river to meet Captain Billy, who knows every corner of the wetlands, having been born and raised on the bayous of South Louisiana. He’s shared the swamp with the alligators for over 30 years and claims they know his voice when he calls them. 
 
He explains: “It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes me years to get them to come to the boat...Eventually they see that I’m here to feed them not to hurt them, so it takes a little while, a year or so.”
 
Bradley and Barney are astonished as the huge alligators come up to the boat one-by-one and jump out of the water to be fed. 
 
The American gator and their crocodile cousins have the strongest bite in the animal kingdom. There are believed to be 800-1000 per square mile of the swamp and Captain Billy’s favourite is T-bar, whom he affectionately refers to as King of the Swamp. T-bar is 13-foot long and weighs 800lb. Bradley takes one look at him and politely declines to feed him raw chicken from the side of the boat but Barney is more than happy to step up to the challenge.
 
The final stop of the trip is New Orleans’s famous French Quarter, the home of the most famous Mardi Gras parade in the world.
 
Barney insists they fully embrace the culture of the parade by heading to the Mardi Gras museum to be fitted with traditional costumes. Bradley says: “I don’t want anything too ornate. I need something befitting of my age.”
 
Despite this, they are soon dressed top to toe for the parade with elaborate feathered head dresses and metallic face paint. 
 
Bradley says: “I’ve made it all the way here to New Orleans at the end of our trip and I’m dressing up like Frankie Howerd!”
 
As they take to the streets to lead the spectacular parade with a six-piece band and stilt walkers, 
Bradley reflects on their time on the road together: “Barnes, thanks ever so much mate, this has been absolutely brilliant.  I love you man, I love you.”
 
Barney agrees: “I love you too. We’ve had a proper adventure! Maybe next year a different country…?!” 
 
Produced by Hungry Bear Media for ITV.