John Sergeant on the Tourist Trail

Tuesday, 10 November 2009, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

John Sergeant joins a host of foreign tourists who have come to Britain to enjoy our great outdoors. He tags along with a coach load of gardening fanatics from California who have travelled to the beautiful gardens of RHS Wisley in Surrey, to breathe in the scent of the English rose. The group then enjoys a traditional English garden party complete with Pimms, scones and a game of croquet.

Next, John joins thousands of Germans as they invade the Isle of Man for the annual TT (tourist trophy) motorcycle race. He discovers why they love to return to Britain year after year, despite bringing all their own food and litres of German beer.

John then goes monster hunting on Loch Ness and tries to understand why tourists delight in running screaming into the icy waters of the Loch.

John travels to the Lake District with a group of Japanese tourists. Despite the beauty of their surroundings, they have not come to the UK to enjoy the scenery. They are here to pay homage to Peter Rabbit, as massive fans of Beatrix Potter. And a dance festival in Wales sees John meet a group of tourists from Java who have travelled to the Eisteddfod festival. He just can’t help but join in which they perform some of their traditional music.

Finally, John gives his own tour to some of the German bikers, which has a personal significance. He revisits the idyllic village of Great Tew in the Cotswolds where he spent his childhood and wanders round his old family home for the first time in 30 years.

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