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Cinq Jours En Juillet
Listen again: Cinq Jours En Juillet
Listen again to our week of broadcasts for BBC Radio Kent and BBC Southern Counties Radio - brought to you live from the village of Le Torps Mesnil, Normandy in July 2006
Perhaps you watched Esther Rantzen, Marcus Brigstocke and Ron Atkinson attempt to learn French as part of BBC2's series 'Excuse My French' - well, while the stars were soaking up the language in Provence, BBC Radio Kent and Southern Counties Radio were broadcasting a week of programmes live from Normandy.
The Cinq Jours En Juillet team
Each show combined a slice of language, history and leisure with a helping of local food and drink. Click on the links below to listen again.
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS: Heather takes the first of her French lessons with Madame Jacky; listen to 3 tracks from the French top 10; we talk to David Miller, captain of P&O ferry 'Pride of Kent'; we go on a guided tour of Le Torp Mesnil, the Normandy village that was to be out base for 8 days; meet Patrick and Carly, two thirty-somethings from Sussex who have bought a holiday home near Dieppe - we gate crash their BBQ!
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS: Hear what the people of Hastings think of the French; Heather's task for the day was to hire a bicycle and ride to Paris; there's music from Dieppe-based band Pulsington; we sample a local fish dish - the 'Marmite Dieppoise'; we learn about the delights of the Seine Maritime region; there's the story of expat John Lambert, who commutes to Kent from France; Robert reports on the importance of learning French - for work and play.
DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS: As part of her language mission, Heather has to buy a teddy bear; we visit a local cider farm; we learn all about Martello towers and about Napoleon's threat to England; could Harold have beaten William at Hastings in 1066?; Robert reports on the heat wave in France and on the rush to buy property in France; there's a postcard from a Kent expat, living in Calais.
DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS: There's 3 songs from Fécamp-based traditional musicians Marais de Paradis; Heather has to get her nails and hair done; we speak to a British estate agent working in France about what to look out for when buying abroad; Robert reports from the battlefield of Agincourt and uncovers its link to a school in New Romney in Kent; Heather speaks to the BBC's Paris Correspondent Caroline Wyatt.
DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS: Heather goes on a tour of the market in Eu; there are 3 tracks from cross-Channel funky folk band The Reign Parade; Robert is taken round three differently priced farmhouses in the Calvados region in Normandy to see what Brits can get for their money; we look at how French is taught in schools in England.
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