Paul and Bob are on the River Severn in Worcestershire to fish for zander. It’s a new species for both of them, and they enlist the help of a local guide Tim Maslen to find the best spots. As they set out in Tim’s boat, Paul explains to Bob how he has never even fished for zander before, let alone caught one. They enjoy some serendipitous moments as they move through the countryside, which they agree has a Swallows and Amazons feel to it.
Reaching their fishing spot, Paul and Bob are shown the technique they need to use to catch a zander. It’s something else new for both of them - and it takes a few tries for them to get the knack and not be fooled into thinking they have caught something when they haven’t. It’s not easy fishing, which leads them to discuss the hardest jobs they have done. Paul reminisces on his days as a painter and decorator, and gives Bob some useful DIY tips.
Finding the fishing tougher than they thought, Paul and Bob remain determined to stay positive. They decide to give the water a rest and have a break on the shore. Bob has some tiny snacks he shares with Paul. After a quick chat with Ted, they go back out on the water with renewed enthusiasm, and find that they fare better than before.
They’re reluctant to leave now they’ve got the hang of things, but Bob is keen to show Paul where they are staying for the night - and it’s not the usual rural retreat he would normally book. Bob brings them to Gloucester Docks, and reveals the Sula Lightship - recently converted into a place to stay after being decommissioned in the 1980s. Paul is delighted and intrigued, and they go below deck for a look around and to choose who has which room. Over a drink on deck, Paul is full of praise for how well Bob fished the day.
The next morning at the Lightship they discuss their plan for the day and Bob asks Paul if he will prepare their lunch for a change. On their way to fish they stop at Shinn’s tackle shop in Upton-upon-Severn, and meet proprietor Mrs Shinn to buy the tickets and pick up a few bits of kit. As they shop, they are impressed to hear of Mrs Shinn’s fishing pedigree.
Paul and Bob then fish the Severn from a bankside platform. As they sit and wait, they ruminate on the state of Britain’s rivers in general; the threats that they are under and what it takes to do something to help them improve.
After a few hours they move down the river to a secluded beach, and just as they are getting set up, their special guest arrives - local actor and self-confessed fishing addict Charlie Cooper, star of BBC’s This Country. Paul and Bob talk to Charlie about his passion for fishing, and then it is time for Paul to reveal the lunch he has organised.
Over some dishes specially prepared for the occasion Paul and Bob talk to Charlie about how he started fishing and what keeps him hooked on the hobby. Charlie also gets introduced to crew dog Ted, who has a cheeky retort or two for him, much to Paul and Bob’s embarrassment.
The three pick up their rods again, with Charlie sharing some more thoughts on what the experience of fishing means to him. As the afternoon turns to evening it is evident how content they all are on the banks of the Severn - they’re in no hurry to pack up and leave, proving once again that companionship is one of fishing’s greatest gifts.
In Mansfield, Sue’s hoard is driving her family and grandchildren away, and her husband Neil to distraction. Every room is crammed with clutter, including a room full of porcelain dolls. With Sue more interested in her dolls than her husband and family, this is the last chance for her to get her life back in order before the family unit breaks down once and for all.
Bubbly actress Tricia lit up the screen with regular TV work in shows like Coronation Street and EastEnders in the 1980s. But as her acting work dried up, she found consolation in collecting. With mounds of rubbish waiting to be cleared, Tricia knows this really is the last-chance as she goes to the heart of her hoarding problem.
Richard in Dorking is a world-famous hoarder and has been collecting copies of every daily newspaper for over four decades. But now, aged 71, Richard is starting to think about what to do with this massive collection that has filled the house, outbuildings and garden. Should he leave it to the nation, or could he cash in on his unique archive?
Today in the Repair Shop, Jay Blades and the team bring four treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
First to arrive is Marcia Bryan with a precious doll for the attention of toy restorers Julie and Amanda. This dislocated doll serves as a reminder of Marcia’s time in a children’s home in the 1950s, where she lived with her twin brother from the age of six weeks old. As a little girl Marcia bonded with Diana the Doll as they shared the same skin colour. Decades later, Marcia’s moved to tears when she returns to the barn to see her precious dolly has been brought back to life.
Luthier Julyan Wallis is tasked with the restoration of a vintage steel-bodied acoustic guitar. Owner David remembers his late father strumming the instrument in church and has fond memories of gigging with his recently deceased friend Terry when they were young. It’s an exciting fix for Julyan and after hours of fine-tuning, his expert craftsmanship strikes a deep chord for David.
Max Shar is hoping ceramics expert Kirsten Ramsay will be able to re-connect his symbolic sculpture which suffered an unsightly crack after a fall during an earthquake. The commanding sculpture provides a link to the father he lost when he was a young boy. Removing the crack is a painstaking process for Kirsten but when Max comes face to face with the revived sculpture once again, the deep feelings come flooding back.
And siblings Suzie and Steve Fletcher undertake the repair of a leather trunk that accompanied an army officer as he travelled through Africa immediately after the second world war.
There’s some good news for Lin as the hospital informs her that her section could finally be lifted. However, this is dependent on her either moving into a hostel or in with a family member. As Alma is finally getting her life back on track and the hostel isn’t exactly the right place for a recovering addict, Alma has to convince her grandma to let Lin move in with her. But will this be a step too far for Lin and Joan?
On this walk Arthur is in Hampshire, a county which became a hotbed of secret operations during the war.
In Southampton, Arthur discovers the story of R.J. Mitchell, Supermarine’s Spitfire designer who took the RAF from lumbering biplanes to acrobatic wonder planes. But almost as soon as the Spitfire was airborne, the Germans destroyed the Supermarine factory and the government scattered the manufacturer across the country.
Arthur heads to Salisbury to meets 95-year-old Norman Parker, who built spitfires in WW2. Norman reveals the story of the ‘secret factories’; Little bits of the planes were assembled piecemeal in bedrooms, sheds and even laundrettes and only brought together at the very last minute for final assembly.
From Salisbury, Arthur travels to the New Forest. Now famous for its wild ponies, during WW2 it was the site of a top-secret Bombing range. Arthur discovers how the range was used to test Britain’s wonder weapons including the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and ‘Grand Slam’, the largest bomb ever detonated on British soil.
During WW2, Britain was critically low on timber and the New Forest was to play yet another important role in the war effort. Arthur uncovers the forgotten story of the Lumberjills, women who became lumberjacks to solve the timber crisis. Despite huge prejudice, the Lumberjills became a force to be reckoned with and transformed Britain’s timber supply.
Arthur walks to the very edge of the New Forest and the historic village of Beaulieu. Now more famous for its motor museum, in WW2 the Beaulieu estate became the school for Churchill’s secret spies, the Special Operations Executive (SOE). These men and women were trained to be dropped into occupied Europe, to spy, galvanise resistance and conduct sabotage. Their tactics and gadgets inspired Fleming’s James Bond and they paved the way for D-Day.
Monday 4th October, 5:30pm, 6 of 20
Kicking off a week-long tour of Pembrokeshire, camping holiday veterans David and Carolynn, Moony and Val, and touring newbies Callum and Tash head to Pencarnan Farm Camping & Caravan Park on the west coast of Wales. Making the most of the campsite’s enviable coastal location, they take the plunge with some cold-water swimming at Portshele beach, visit the UK’s tiniest city, St David’s and tour Ramsey Island by boat before trying their best to hang ten as they surf off White Sands beach. But will this campsite earn a 5-star rating from these choosy campers?
Tuesday 5th October, 5:30pm, 7 of 20
For their second campsite of the week our intrepid campers head off-grid visiting eco-friendly Kite View Farm near Haverfordwest. This wild camping location provides a break from their mod cons as the campers learn bush craft skills in the magical woodland and are wined and dined with a foraged forest feast. Following a night under the tree canopy, the campers head out to explore the local area meeting some of the unusual inhabitants of Picton Castle before making a splash at an aquatic obstacle course. Will this campsite’s call of nature be enough to win it this week’s perfect pitch?
Wednesday 6th October, 5:30pm, 8 of 20
Mid-way through their tour of Pembrokeshire’s premier pitches, camping connoisseurs Callum and Tash, Moony and Val, and Carolynn and David visit Folly Farm campsite that sits alongside its popular zoo and adventure park. Will the experience of feeding penguins, giraffes and lions win the site a 5-star rating? Perhaps a scenic tour of nearby Tenby or an adrenaline-filled tree top adventure at the Heatherton World of Activities will see this location declared this week’s perfect pitch?
Thursday 7th October, 5:30pm, 9 of 20
In the green surroundings of Coedfryn Farm near Newport, campers Moony and Val, Callum and Tash, and Carolynn and David get to know the campsite’s resident alpacas before exploring the Presili Hills on horseback, taking part in a pagan ceremony at Castell Henllys and taking to the water as they float down the River Teifi by canoe. As they continue their search for Pembrokeshire’s perfect pitch, will this campsite impress the group enough to win a 5-star rating?
Friday 8th October, 5:30pm, 10 of 20
For their final stop on their Pembrokeshire tour the campers pitch up at Fishguard Bay Resort, where hosts Mark and Bernard have planned the perfect wind down for the group with hot tub, bubbles, pampering and a BBQ feast. It’s not all relaxation though as the campers take the plunge in a thrilling Pembrokeshire originated adventure sport – coasteering. Having visited five of this Welsh holiday region’s best campsites, Carolynn and David, Moony and Val, and Callum and Tash now have a difficult decision to make, as they announce this week’s perfect pitch winner.
Comedian Joe Lycett returns to fight for the consumer rights of the Great British public as he battles big brands, dodgy scammers and rogue traders in this brand new series. With the help of his assistant Mark Silcox, a weekly studio guest and celebrity cameos, Joe campaigns on behalf of viewers who come up against red tape, get caught out by small print and bullied by big businesses.
Throughout the series Joe scores victories for consumers everywhere as he battles major international companies to make their packaging environmentally friendly, launches a massive campaign to back British wool, takes on dodgy puppy dealers, hits back against the nation’s worst bosses and takes up the fight against corporate giants.
On top of all that, each week Joe gets behind the Customer Service desk as he tackles viewers’ consumer problems, no matter how big or small.
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