TV Review – ‘Great British Car Journeys’ – Series 2, Episode 1

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Well! I didn’t expect to come back to this series so soon! 😀 In February 2019, I saw and reviewed the first three episodes of ‘Great British Car Journeys’, a documentary TV series shown on Channel 4, starring Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison. It was amazing to see those two stars in this series!

I hadn’t expected a second series to be made of ‘Great British Car Journeys’. I thought that would be it. But as it turned out, the series was so successful that it warranted a second one. I was pleased to hear the news. I’ve recently seen Series 2, Episode 1 of ‘Great British Car Journeys’ yesterday on TV!

For those of you who haven’t seen ‘Great British Car Journeys’, it’s a series about Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison, who were in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. They take on car journeys in 1930s vintage cars. The first series had them journey in Scotland, England and Wales! Great fun! 🙂

I wasn’t sure how they would follow up on the success of Series 1 of ‘Great British Car Journeys’ with Series 2, but I was keen to find out as I watched the first episode of Series 2 on TV. In the first episode of Series 2, Chris and Peter journey in their Morgan 4/4 as they revisit the Yorkshire Dales. 🙂

Yes, in this episode, Chris and Peter are revisiting the area where they filmed the ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series from 1978 to 1990 in its seven seasons. It was amazing to see them return to where their TV home was and to hear some behind-the-scenes information on making the TV series.

This also included them meeting with Jim Wight, the son of Alf Wight who wrote the original ‘James Herriot’ stories under that pseudonym for the ‘All Creatures’ series to be made. Chris Timothy also met the son of the person who trained him to be a TV vet within a week which was amazing to hear.

Of course, it wasn’t just all about ‘All Creatures’ in this episode. They also checked out some vintage vehicles. This included Chris Timothy driving a red tractor which must’ve been fun for him. They also saw a vintage Aston Martin car that apparently was in the James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ no less. 😀

The journey for Chris and Peter in this episode took them from Scarborough on the Herriot trail to the Dales. It turned out to be a special and nostalgic drive for them. They drove up a steep hill whilst singing ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’. I’m amazed Peter and Chris got to sing the song up that steep hill!

They also had a comfortable ride in a red steam car which was fun to see. Chris Timothy suggested riding all the way to the Dales in the steam car instead of the Morgan 4/4. 😀 They eventually arrived in the Dales, staying overnight at the Skeldale House B&B in Askrigg, North Yorkshire. It was so surreal!

Skeldale House of course was used as the exterior for the vets’ surgery in ‘All Creatures’. I was disappointed we never got to see inside the house when Peter and Chris stayed overnight there. They did get to recreate the first opening titles sequences with a vintage car that looked like Siegfried’s car. 🙂

They used the wrong theme music though! It was the Series 4 theme music and not the Series 1 theme music they used. I was disappointed by that! 😀 Otherwise, I greatly enjoyed the first episode of Series 2 of ‘Great British Car Journeys’ with Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison. I’m looking forward to seeing the next three episodes of Series 2 for the next three weeks! I hope you are too! 🙂

Stay tuned for my review on Series 2, Episode 2 of ‘Great British Car Journeys’ next week! Catch up on other episodes in the ‘Great British Car Journeys’ series via the Channel link here.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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