Britain's Best Drives Premiere

LIVING CHANNEL – Saturdays from 16 January, 9.30pm

British comedy actor Richard Wilson steers six classic cars round the twists and turns of six of the best routes in Britain, using the dog-eared pages of a 1958 road map. He will meet people along the way who will have insight into how these drives have changed over the years and how Britain has changed with them. Recent surveys of motorists found that the drives most people love nowadays are virtually the same as 50 years ago though far fewer go driving for driving’s sake any more; the joy of the open road has worn off for most of us in the 21st century, as driving has become a chore rather than a pleasure. But one hurdle to overcome is that Richard has only driven automatic cars since passing his test back in 1981 and all the classic cars – which range from the Morris Traveller to the VW Camper Van and the Austin Cambridge to a Bentley – all have manual gear boxes and Richard struggles to get to grips with the driving experience of another age. The six drives cover most regions of the UK and include: the English Lake District, the Cornish Coast, the Scottish Highlands, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Wye Valley and Snowdonia.

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