Comedian/Actor Robbie Coltrane sits behind the wheel of his classic Jaguar roadster and explores the beautiful British countryside, outside the big cities and off the beaten path on the B roads. The show was also called “B Road Britain.”
Although Robbie Coltrane has done a lot in his career, he’s probably best known as the character Hagrid from the Harry Potter films. In this program, Robbie sets out to “recapture the joy of driving”, getting away from the congestion on the major motorways to find the real heart and soul of Britain.
He meanders around the country from London to his home city of Glasgow, Scotland encountering bizarre festivals, sporting events, small town traditions and colorful characters.
Here are some of the things Robbie discovers on his journey: High Wycombe’s weighing of the mayor ceremony, an asparagus farm, wing walking acrobats doing stunts on biplanes, the one and only monster fire truck that pops wheelies, the possible origination of the phrase “cock and bull story,” a Frisbee golf course, a shoe museum, the Cambridge Tiddlywinks Association, the town of Stilton’s cheese rolling event, the “Faster Pastor” who does funerals for bikers with his sidecar hearse, the Mytholmroyd Dock Pudding Championship (Robbie enters his recipe and comes in second), the oldest sweet shop in Britain, a man who has a lawnmower collection and races them, the Scarecrow Festival, pigeon racing, haunted Chillingham Castle, the destruction of the Chapelcross nuclear power plant towers, grooming the long-haired highland cattle for a show, and the curry cooking competition in Glasgow (which is the curry capital of Britain.)
Robbie meets a lot of unique people and explores some delightful rural towns. I was fortunate enough to see some on my own trips to Britain many years ago. I’m looking forward to going back there and seeing more of these wonderful sites.
Total Seasons: 1 (3 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 1
In Production: 2008
Viewer Discretion: Suitable for all audiences