Monday, 31 January 2011

Countdown to a camper van adventure

On Monday 7th February at 6.30pm my TV show, One Man and His Campervan hits BBC2. It's going to be a wierd and wonderful night. It will be the first time that I've appeared in anything like this (apart from being a little blue man in an Erasure video back in 1991) so I haven't a clue what to expect. Will anyone watch? Will anyone like it? Will anyone even notice it was on? I hope so.
I also have higher hopes for the TV series: that anyone who watches it will be inspired to fire up the old van/car/bus/bicycle and take a look at Great Britain for themselves. I always knew that there was more to it than just a few great surfing beaches. It's a very cool place. With very cool people. And a lot of very delicious food. You don't even have to be a Michelin starred genius to enjoy it. All you have to do is want something more than beans on toast.

Ambitious? Maybe but not really. Although it can sometimes take a little effort to get off the sofa, go to new places and eat new food it's always worth it. It's not that hard to cook something fresh and delicious in a camper van.

So why not? Set your digital thingumybox for 7th February at 6.30 and take a trip with me on my food-foraging, campfire-cooking, two-ringed, four-wheeled adventure.

It's Devon first for a spot of fishing, then the New Forest to seek out a forager's supper. After that I get muddy in Norfolk in the search for samphire and head for Yorkshire to eat a very strange bird's egg. After driving to a Northumberland island to catch a snappy chappy I head north to Angus to scoff the best tasting fish I've ever eaten. Then it's a short hop to the Trossachs for some huntin' and fishin' and a wet few days in the Lakes. Never mind! I'm on a bilberry hunt. Next I cheat at polishing in preparation for the Show and Shine at Wales' friendliest VW show. Finally it's on to Pembrokeshire for a foraging outing and an unexpected end to the adventure.

But of course it doesn't end there, because it'll be your turn next. And that's the point. Anyone can do it.