The Hairy Bikers Prepare For War On Board HMS Victory In Their Latest BBC Series
The Hairy Bikers are back and they’re on a mission to prove that British food is the best in the world in their new BBC2 series, The Hairy Bikers’ Best Of British, which will be on screens from Monday 14th November at 3.45pm every weekday afternoon for six weeks. Episode 6 on Monday 21st November explores the theme of ‘War’ and will feature HMS Victory and HMS Illustrious, whilst she was in Portsmouth Naval Base.
The Hairy Bikers’ Best Of British will take a culinary journey through time and celebrate the very best of our food heritage. Just about everything we eat has a fascinating narrative behind it. The Hairies travel all over the country and delve into history books and archives, as they journey into our culinary past. It’s an absorbing subject, as Si and Dave explain: “Everything we put on our plates tells us something about where we come from – from how the recipes evolved to the way in which we produced the ingredients. If you want to find out about Britain’s past, take a look at what we eat now and join us as we meet some of our nation’s food heroes, who keep our gourmet heritage alive.”
In next Monday’s episode, The Bikers explore how the British have managed to create fantastic food even at times of war, when supplies are often scarce, and how some of Britain’s favourite dishes have evolved out of the innovation and spirit of the people who lived through rationing. With their unique banter and camaraderie, the Hairy duo try their hand at rabbit stew and carrot cake, visit HMS Victory to find out what Nelson’s men ate at sea, and meet the army cooks to learn what troops on the frontline eat today.
Lieutenant Commander DJ ‘Oscar’ Whild RN, Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY said, “It was a delight to have both David and Simon on board HMS Victory to film extracts for their new series. They were both very interested in all aspects of ship board life, and in addition to the food and drink, were most intrigued by the discipline required to keep 821 people in order. The food that was prepared was actually very tasty and not at all as I would have expected – I could have eaten more! I am very much looking forward to seeing the series when it is aired next Monday.”
The Hairies explore the mouth-watering recipes of our past and present. In their studio kitchen, Si and Dave add their own twist to classics such as Coronation Chicken, Kedgeree, Barnsley Chop with Cumberland Sauce and Dundee Cake. The duo also reveal the history and evolution of Britain’s favourite dishes and ingredients and, with the help of wonderful and very varied archive film, bring our national culinary heritage to life.
Along the way the bikers can’t resist dipping into TV history to watch some of the chefs and programmes that inspired them as cooks. Each programme is themed, with subjects ranging fromWaterways and Picnics to The Royal Family and Times of Plenty. Over the weeks viewers will build a fun, nostalgic and comprehensive knowledge of British Social History from Roman times to the present day. This epic series captures all the warmth and fun of the Hairies – friends for more than two decades with a fresh, down-to-earth approach to cooking and a contagious passion for what they do – and presents history in a fresh and innovative way.
Executive Producer Pete Lawrence (Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers, Simon Hopkinson – The
Good Cook) believes that Best Of British will be a must-see for historians and foodies alike: “The food is exceptional in the series; you finish each episode feeling deliciously hungry and with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of what makes British Food so incredible and something of which we can be justifiably proud.”