Len Goodman leads celebrities on vintage vacations for BBC One
It’s been a real joy exploring the wonderful UK with personalities from across TV, radio and sport, reliving some of their humorous and heart-warming memories.Len Goodman
Using personal tales from a variety of household names this warm, fascinating and nostalgic new series will focus on holidays from yesteryear, reminding us of the beauty and fun of classic trips such as rambling, camping, bus tours, caravan parks and river cruises. We’ll be taken back in time to an era before air-con and sat-navs, when journeys were made using a Seventies banger with hot car seats or a campervan with a cassette player and when in-car entertainment was more 'I spy' than iPad!
Stars who have their suitcases and sandwiches packed and ready to go include Eamonn Holmes, Matt Allwright, Esther Rantzen, Ainsley Harriot, Dave Myers and Anita Manning. They’ll reveal why the sights, sounds and smells of destinations such as Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Blackpool, Devon and Scotland, bring back fond memories of holidaying as a child. Be it leaky tents in the Lake District or a crumbling B&B in Broadstairs, stars explain why these particular holidays helped make them who they are today.
Len Goodman said: “It’s been a real joy exploring the wonderful UK with personalities from across TV, radio and sport, reliving some of their humorous and heart-warming memories. This series will showcase the fun of a traditional summer holiday, harkening back to times when the simple things – like the smell of fish and chips or a bucket and spade – made all the difference to a child. What makes this experience even more special is that we get to share it with our viewers.”
Throughout the series Len will also explore each destination’s holidaying history with footage from the archive alongside discussions with local historians and fellow holiday goers. He will also provide top tips from each location and deliver a comparison between then and now – to find out why some of these places are still a big hit with holiday makers till this day!
Commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Daytime and Jo Street, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime, the series is being produced by Glasgow-based independent production company Raise the Roof Productions. Andrew Jackson is the executive producer and Curtis Leighton-Jones and Julie Grant are the series producers for Raise the Roof Productions.
Jo Street, BBC Commissioning Editor Daytime, said: “Being invited on holiday with Len Goodman as our guide was irresistible. We hope the combination of travel and nostalgia in the company of some famous faces will be a real treat for our audience.”
Andrew Jackson, Executive Producer, Raise the Roof Productions, said: “It’s a joy to be spending the summer with Len Goodman travelling up and down the UK taking a nostalgic look at holidays as they used to be. From braving the Big Dipper with Ainsley Harriot in Blackpool to rock-pooling with Esther Rantzen on the Isle of Wight, Len is the perfect companion - and by sampling these simple pleasures of the past we get a glimpse of how these precious moments made the celebrities the people they are today.”
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