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Paul O’Grady’s Great British Escape

  • Episode:

    4 of 6

  • Title:

    Kent

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 02 Dec 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 49 2020 : Sat 28 Nov - Fri 04 Dec

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Thu 12 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 4

Brand new six-part series.  Gorgeous Kent, with its stunning coastline and countryside, has been Paul O’Grady’s adopted county for over 20 years.  And like many of us this year, staying closer to home has given Paul the chance to rediscover just how beautiful and full of wonder Britain really is. Heading off from his farm in Kent, Paul will escape to all corners of the county he loves to in search of thrills, spills and adventure on his very own doorstep.  He’ll explore the wonderful and extraordinary, taking us to his favourite parts of the county as well as discovering curious and surprising new experiences. From culture to wildlife, history to food, Paul shares his unique, uplifting and very funny take on all the country has to offer.

This episode see Paul visit places long on his Kent bucket list – iconic spots on his doorstep but where he’s amazingly never set foot before.  He starts by heading off on a modern-day pilgrimage to the beautiful city of Canterbury.  After failing to impress his pigs with a reading from ‘Canterbury Tales’, Paul follows the footsteps of Chaucer’s pilgrims by visiting the world-famous cathedral.  He’s not here as a tourist though, instead he’s put to work helping out with roof renovations.  But his excitement at this exclusive invite as an honorary builder takes a hit when he learns the lift is out of action….  However despite a climb of over 230 ft, Paul’s not one to miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to leave his mark on this historic building.

Back on the ground, Paul heads to the village of Pett Bottom just outside Canterbury, which has a literary tale of its own.  Here he pops in for a drink at the idyllic ‘Duck Inn’, the favourite watering hole of James Bond author Ian Fleming.  He meets 007 expert Graham Rye who tells Paul about Fleming’s love for Kent and how the county featured in many of Bond’s most iconic adventures, including Moonraker, Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice. 

The next leg of Paul’s bucket list takes him to Tenterden, home to the historic Kent and East Sussex train line, a beautiful heritage railway that runs through 10 miles of stunning countryside.  A huge lover of steam trains, (who knew?!) Paul is soon in his element blowing his whistle to get all aboard before jumping into the guard’s carriage and enjoying the best seat on the train.  But Paul’s nostalgic revelry is soon shattered when he’s asked to refill the water tank – no steam means the train isn’t going anywhere, but is Paul up to the task of manning the pump…

No bucket list of Paul’s is complete without him meeting some extraordinary animals, so his final stop is the Big Cat Sanctuary, a conservation centre home to 46 of the world’s most endangered felines, including panthers, jaguars and pumas.  Keeping these amazing animals fit and healthy is a top priority and Paul’s on hand to help the keepers earn their trust so they can be treated safely.  After being bowled over at winning the friendship of a cheetah, Paul turns aromatherapist by stuffing scented pillows to help provide stimulation and enrichment to one of the world’s most endangered cats – the Amur leopard.  But which bespoke pillow will prove most popular – your standard catnip, or the designer one with a splash of CK One?!