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Episode 3

The Hairy Bikers try to start a new Meals on Wheels service in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. They are prepared to go all the way, even if it means stripping naked to raise funds.

The Hairy Bikers made their name cooking real food for real people. Now they are riding to the rescue of one of our great national culinary treasures - Meals on Wheels. At its height this iconic institution delivered more than 34 million meals to the elderly and infirm, but over the last eight years the number of Meals on Wheels delivered nationwide has plummeted by over a third.

For Dave Myers and Si King saving Meals on Wheels is personal: from the age of eight Dave cooked for his poorly mum and Si rallied round to help feed his mother when she fell ill. It taught them the importance of good food in caring for people in need. Spurred on by these early experiences the Bikers' mission takes them on a journey across the country, all the way to royalty.

In this episode, the Hairy Bikers face their toughest test so far as their mission to save Meals on Wheels cranks up a gear. In Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, they find a village that's lost its traditional hot Meals on Wheels service. So together with a band of feisty Yorkshire ladies, they set about trying to start a new one of their own from scratch.

Dave and Si know it's vital their new start-up Meals On Wheels isn't a flash in the pan, but with the whole country tightening its financial belt, they aren't going to lobby the council; to have any chance of success, the Bikers are going to have to inspire the whole community to pull together and help.

It's a massive task, but the Bikers are prepared to go all the way to ensure hot fresh meals are once again delivered to Slaithwaite's older people - even if it means stripping stark naked on the windswept Yorkshire moors to raise funds and support for their fledgling service.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Si King
Presenter Si King
Presenter Dave Myers
Presenter Dave Myers
Director Paul Ratcliffe
Director Paul Ratcliffe
Series Producer Paul Ratcliffe
Series Producer Paul Ratcliffe

Broadcasts

  • Tue 27 Sep 2011 21:00
  • Wed 28 Sep 2011 19:00
  • Thu 24 Nov 2011 03:45