The Dales

Monday, 21 May 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

Last In Series 

In this final episode of the series presented by Adrian Edmondson the programme returns to Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale where the Owen family are preparing for a very special day – it’s youngest son Miles’ first day at school. The Owen family also prepare for a rare night away from the farm when they are invited to a photography exhibition in Reeth where they are the stars of the show. 

Meanwhile, Dales estate agent Brian Carlisle takes on another role as auctioneer at the monthly family auction in Hawes village hall. Today the Hopper & Co family auction has over a thousand lots and the pressure is on for Brian and his family to ‘sell sell sell’! 

And, as summer draws to an end, Dales vicar Anne Chapman holds a harvest festival for her parishioners. She chooses to hold the service in a farmer’s field rather than a church, but as Anne forgets to put up directions to the service, will her congregation be able to find the right field? 

Monday, 14 May 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In the penultimate episode of The Dales, the programme visits the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. We meet Liz Bielby, who is the estate’s wedding co-ordinator and we join her as she is busy preparing for her own wedding to fiancé Andrew. The couple plan to tie the knot at St Mary’s Church in the grounds of the abbey. 

Meanwhile in Skipton, green-fingered Margaret Wooler opens her stunning five-acre garden to the public to raise money for the National Gardens Scheme. To try break her previous fund-raising record, she is opening her garden to the public on a Sunday which she hasn’t done for over 10 years. 

Ade Edmondson meets Dave Tait from the Otley and Yorkshire Dales Dry Stone Walling team and is shown how to repair a dry stone wall in need of a bit of tender loving care. With over 5,000 thousand miles of them in the Dales they have plenty of walls to choose from.

Monday, 30 April 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

SERIES SYNOPSIS: 

In this second, 12-part series for ITV1 in 2012, Adrian Edmondson returns home to Yorkshire to bring us the stories behind another summer in the life of the Yorkshire Dales. 

Spectacularly beautiful it may be but the Dales is also a challenging environment for the people who live and work in some of its remote communities. 

Adrian spent many of his childhood summers in the Dales with his family, and in this series he returns to see meet old friends and make new ones. 

He revisits Dales’ farmers Clive and Amanda Owen and their five children as they face another eventful summer on their remote farm in Swaledale, and pops in on mother and son farmers Carol and Phil Mellin who have set up a sheepdog training enterprise on their farm near Keighley. 

Ade meets community choir the Buckden Singers and joins in on their rehearsals as they prepare for their annual summer concert to the youngest radio DJ in the country. He’s interviewed by Drystone Radio’s ten year old DJ Daisy Watkiss – perhaps the youngest DJ in the country and meets horse trainer Simon West as he experiences the highs and lows of running a small stable yard in Middleham. 

During the course of the series Ade also sees the Dales from above – in a thrilling helicopter ride – and from below as he explores one of its many caves. 

Monday, 23 April 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In this second, 12-part series for ITV1 in 2012, Adrian Edmondson returns home to Yorkshire to bring us the stories behind another summer in the life of the Yorkshire Dales. 

Spectacularly beautiful it may be but the Dales is also a challenging environment for the people who live and work in some of its remote communities. 

Adrian spent many of his childhood summers in the Dales with his family, and in this series he returns to see meet old friends and make new ones. 

He revisits Dales’ farmers Clive and Amanda Owen and their five children as they face another eventful summer on their remote farm in Swaledale, and pops in on mother and son farmers Carol and Phil Mellin who have set up a sheepdog training enterprise on their farm near Keighley. 

Ade meets community choir the Buckden Singers and joins in on their rehearsals as they prepare for their annual summer concert to the youngest radio DJ in the country. He’s interviewed by Drystone Radio’s ten year old DJ Daisy Watkiss – perhaps the youngest DJ in the country and meets horse trainer Simon West as he experiences the highs and lows of running a small stable yard in Middleham. 

During the course of the series Ade also sees the Dales from above – in a thrilling helicopter ride – and from below as he explores one of its many caves. 

Monday, 16 April 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In the latest episode of this series presented by Adrian Edmondson, Richmondshire-based clothes designer Izzy Lane searches for traditional Dales knitters to help her complete her clothes collection on time. Armed with posters and flyers she is keen to get the word out; but will the knitters turn up for her audition day? Will she get the skilled help she needs to complete her order in time? Izzy explains, “It’s really important for me to employ people who live in the Dales and support this rural economy – everything is done very locally, the sheep are rescued and nurtured locally, the wool is processed locally and so, to have it produced locally is fantastic really.” 

Ade visits Dales farming family the Wildmans as father Chris embarks on a mission to build his own butchery on the farm in Kirkby Malham. Ade hears how Chris happened upon an old recipe book belonging to his late father and is now trying out some of the secret recipes which had been passed down from generation to generation. 

The programme also follows perhaps the most nervous man in Wensleydale as Paul Sidebottom decides to spring a surprise marriage proposal on girlfriend Pippa. Having holidayed in the Dales as a child Paul has brought Pippa back here to continue his romance with the area. The question is – will Pippa say ‘yes’? 

Monday, 9 April 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In this seventh episode of The Dales, Ade visits the famous Masham Sheep Fair where he meets mother and son farmers Carol and Philip Mellin. They take on a rather different challenge and show off their skills as they put on a display with their ducks and geese. Will the geese co-operate and help them to perform well on the day? 

Ade travels to the Kilnsey Show in Upper Wharfedale, another famous show in the Dales. Ade says “The show’s very much a part of life for these people, a place where farmers and friends meet up, chew the fat and maybe visit the beer tent – Sounds like a good idea!”. Ade catches up with teenage shepherd William Wildman and his grandfather Bill Bland who are competing to win first prize with his sheep. 

Meanwhile at the show Ade sees how Carol Mellin and her trusted dog Masie get on when she tries her hand at sheep dog trialling. This is good practise for them both as they prepare to compete in the ‘World Sheep Dog Trials’ later this summer. 

Ade takes a trip to meet local artist Helen Peyton who gives him a lesson in how to draw a Dales landscape. Helen teaches around 200 would be artists a year and is said to be able to teach anyone to draw a landscape in just 20 minutes. Can she work her magic on Ade and will he produce a masterpiece? The programme also follows Helen to Kilnsey Show where she is charged with judging the local photography exhibition. 

Monday, 2 April 2012, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In this sixth episode of the series presented by Adrian Edmondson we’re back with the Owen family at Ravenseat Farm. We join Swaledale shepherdess Amanda Owen who is now expecting her sixth child as she visits the midwife for her five month scan. Their farm is so remote that Amanda must make a fifty mile round trip along some of Britain’s roughest terrains to the local army barracks to meet the community midwife. Ade says “Living in remote locations in the Dales can be difficult, especially when you’re expecting a baby, out of the five children [that Amanda has] only two were born in a hospital and daughter Edith really took Amanda by surprise being born in a lay-by”. 

The programme then re-joins race horse trainer Simon West as he begins to break in a new horse he recently bought from Ireland. Simon has brought on board training expert David Baines but how will Dolly cope with being saddled for the first time and will she have the makings of a racehorse? 

Once again we spend an evening with community choir the Buckden Singers and this time Ade joins them to find out how the groups singing plays a crucial role in bringing the Dales community together and he takes on more than he bargains for when conductor Anne Vetch hands over her baton as the choir rehearses in the village hall. 

Back at Ravenseat Farm disaster strikes which Amanda manages to dramatically capture on camera. Their worst fears are realised when their hay barn catches fire, putting Clive and Amanda’s hay crop and the winter feed for their livestock at risk. We join them in the aftermath to see how they’re coping. 

Monday, 13 June 2011, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In this eleventh episode we’re back at Bolton Castle in Wensleydale. It’s nearly the end of the summer, and Tom Orde Powlett, castle manager and heir to the Bolton estate, has had a busy season. We catch up with Tom, who’s got his first public flying display with Bolton castle’s new birds of prey. 

There’s also one last mission for Tom and Toby the barn owl that he’s been training to be a part of wedding ceremonies at the castle. So far Toby’s practiced his indoor flight without a crowd – how will he perform under the pressure of a wedding rehearsal. Will the bride get her wedding ring? 

We’ll also be joining the team behind one of the Dales’ latest microbreweries. Plug and his team at the Kirkby Londsale Brewery have always liked their beer, so much so, that they decided to make their own and set up a brewery. They’ve only been up and running for fourteen months and this weekend they are going to be taking their new brew to a local festival – the Harley Davidson Rally. Over a thousand thirsty bikers will descend on the local town and Plug’s hoping they’ll sup a record amount of the breweries’ finest ale. 

Were also at Swinton Park Hotel in Masham on one of the most traditional dates in the Dales calendar; the Glorious twelfth grouse shoot. Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family, and is set in 200 acres of parkland. We join Lord Masham out on the moors and learn about how many of the birds shot on the twelfth appear on the evening menus in London restaurants and at Swinton’s own award-winning restaurant. 

Monday, 6 June 2011, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In the tenth episode we’re back in Settle in Ribblesdale at the Dalehead Veterinary Practice. We join the vets at the companies’ state of the art horse care facilities -The Northern Equine Therapy Centre. The centre is a health farm where all kinds of horses, from racing breeds to prized pets, come for specialist treatment. 

Four months ago, show horse Spats was out for his usual morning exercise when he had a nasty fall and injured his leg. His owner Lauren Duffy has brought Spats in for treatment – she knows that without surgery his career could be over. We follow surgeon, Dr Graham Monroe, as he puts Spats under anaesthetic and carries out specialist surgery on his leg. Will the operation be a success? 

We’re back at the George and Dragon in Hudswell –the Dales very first community owned pub. This local re-opened earlier in the summer and ever since, mother and daughter team, Jackie and Margaret Stubbs, have been hard at work to show that they really can make a go of the place. The pair think they have a secret weapon they can use to draw even more customers to the pub – the beer garden and its spectacular views. 

Local TV presenter and author, Mark Reid, finds the best country pubs and then writes about walks to and from their doors. Jackie and Margaret have invited him over to the pub because a good write up from him, could attract lots of ramblers to the pub. There are plenty of great walks in this area, and today Margaret is joining Mark in coming up with a circular stroll starting right at the pub’s front door. 

We’re back at Moor Lodge Farm, near Keighley, where Carol and Philip Mellin have made the tough decision to end their dairy farming operation. It’s a tradition that Carol’s husband, and Philip’s father, Albert, started up forty years ago, but since his death last year they’ve struggled to keep it going. 

Carol and Philip have sold lots of cattle at Skipton Auction over the years but having to part with their small herd of dairy cows is another matter altogether, most of them have been on the farm for years and are almost a part of the family. 

And it’s time for Malham blacksmith, Annabelle Bradley, to unveil the chandeliers she’s been busy making all summer. Annabelle swapped the desk of the tax accountant for the anvil of the blacksmith three years ago and has been busy forging the chandeliers for one of the local pubs. How will they look when they are hung and will the pub landlords and punters approve?

Monday, 23 May 2011, 8:00PM – 8:30PM

In episode nine we’re in Wharfedale with Ted Mason – local Dale’s farmer by profession, but also a man on a fell running mission. Fell running has been a Dale’s tradition since the nineteenth century and Burnsall Fell is one of the original fell race routes. Alongside seventy competitors, Ted will run nearly two miles up a steep, rocky path to the top of the fell, and then back down again, the fastest way possible, through the gorse and heather. 

We join Ted and his training partner and fellow competitor, Fred Bosomworth, as they compete to win the bragging rights of being the fastest local. Who will take away the local title and will either of the boys beat the runners who have come from all over the country? 

We’re also in Malham where we meet Yorkshire’s very own iron maiden blacksmith, Annabelle Bradley. She was a tax accountant until 2007 but now creates and sells pieces of metal work that she makes at Malham’s smithy – much of her work is inspired by her local surroundings. This summer Annabelle has a major project on her hands, crafting three traditional-style chandeliers for the local pub. It will be a race against time to get them finished by the end of the summer. 

Up in Carperby near Hawes, The Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Wallers Association are preparing something a little bit special, the build of their first ever bridge over water. We join project manager John Heslegrave, and his sidekick, David Tate, as a team of local wallers build up the bridge stone by stone. The key moment during the build will be when they pull away the support holding up the stone over the arch of the bridge – one false move and the whole bridge could end up collapsing into the water. 

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