The Hairy Bikers

The perennially popular Hairy Bikers are back and they’re on a mission to find Britain’s best cooking family in a brand new BBC Two Daytime studio show.

Si King and Dave Myers will be mixing cooking, celebrity chat and their unique brand of entertainment in the 30-part series which will transmit weekdays from late autumn.

Each episode will feature foodie challenges for two teams of families fighting for the title of Britain’s Best Cooking Family.

Celebrity guests will also join the Hairies for some revealing chat each day.

Morevover, viewers can cook along with the Hairy Bikers: the shows will feature a seven-minute evening meal that viewers will be able to follow and serve up by the end of the programme.

Liam Keelan, Controller Daytime, says: “It’s fantastic to see the Hairy Bikers back on BBC Daytime. Dave and Simon’s particular brand of humour and warmth as well as their skill in the kitchen will make this a must see for our audience.”

Dave and Si add: “We’re both thrilled to be back on daily teatime telly. The programme is going to be an exciting mix of extraordinary ordinary families and celebrities who share a common bond of good food and cooking. It will be a great mix of chat and recipes guaranteed to make you super-hungry, with the chance to cook along and enjoy them with us every evening.

“And if that’s not enough to whet your family’s appetite, there will also be some simple but foolproof kitchen techniques and secrets indispensable to top chefs and fanatical foodies alike and equally useful in your kitchen at home.

“We’re also looking forward to meeting some of our favourite celebrities – and rest assured we’ll be giving them a good grilling alongside the teatime chops!”

The 30 x 45-minute series is being made by BBC Entertainment in London and has been commissioned by the Controller of Daytime and Early Peak, Liam Keelan. The Executive Producers are Alex McLeod and Carla-Maria Lawson.

Cardamom chicken; spiced pears in honey; aloo gobi; banana, cardamom and vanilla lassi; lamb chop pakoras; chicken in chorizo and brandy sauce; dulche de leche cheesecake; steak frites; mussels; pork chops with cider and apples; Belgian chocolate mousse; chicken tagine with lemons and olives; prawns with paprika and honey; chilli con carne; pomegranate and chickpea salad…

Following two series warmly received by critics and viewers alike, Dave Myers and Si King – aka The Hairy Bikers – return this spring for a third series, gunning their long-suffering steeds across four continents in search of top food, great places and a damn good time in The Hairy Bikers Ride Again on BBC Two.

Currently starring every Saturday morning on the BBC One favourite Saturday Kitchen, the boys will be crossing Southern India and enjoying the finest vegetarian food on the planet, sampling the glories of Belgium (liquid and otherwise) and the rarefied gastronomy of Alsace, storming through Argentina fuelled by the best beef and the newest great wines, and eating their way through Morocco, from Marrakesh to the Sahara.

Along the way they’ll be searching for the perfect chip, wondering why they speak Welsh in Patagonia, trying Moroccan skiing, donning Magritte’s bowler hat (and apple), and discovering why the Royal Enfield Bullet is still India’s best-loved motorbike.

Trappist beers, massive dhosas, couscous from Ostend to Ouarzazate, home-made empanadas, gin and chocolate, coconut and tamarind, saffron and harissa… all this and dozens of other unlikely combinations as unlikely as the boys themselves.

Dave says: “Four journeys and four big adventures; we have laughed and cooked and eaten our way around the planet. Now it’s time to come home and share our memories and some bangin’ food too – the best yet.”

Si adds: “We are two best mates and bikers who have travelled the world celebrating and rejoicing in the people, places and food we have encountered.

“We’ve brought back some great food discoveries and a good crack to share. It’s as simple as that.”

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