Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew use their newly gained Freedom Passes (which allows over 60's to travel free of charge on local public transport) to undertake a journey of discovery and re-discovery, seeking out new stuff and old, surprise and nostalgia.

As Alan Coren writes 'With our Freedom Passes we are able to go to places we have hitherto never thought to go, in my case Theydon Bois, Hampton Wick, Foot's Cray and Choreleywood, as well as places we have been over the past 60 years but never thought to visit.'


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0201 20040904 Sextogenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew return to the buses for a new series of their journeys of discovery.
Armed only with a set of personal microphones and their Freedom Passes (which allow them free travel on local public transport), they venture forth to see where serendipity and the public transport takes them - geographically, historically and conversationally.
0202 20040911  
0203 LAST 20040918 Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew utilise their newly-acquired freedom passes, allowing free travel for the over-60s.
They hop onto a bus and see where it takes them.
 01 2005092320081013Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew utilise their newly-acquired freedom passes, allowing free travel for the over-60s.
They hop onto a bus and see where it takes them - geographically, historically and conversationally (1/3).
Part of a series marking the first anniversary of the death of Alan Coren 
 01  20100515 (R7)
20100516 (R7)
Eligible for free bus travel, Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head for adventure.
Eligible for free local buses, sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew jump on board for an adventure.
 01  20110904 (R4+)Eligible for free local buses, sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew jump on board for an adventure.
From 2003.
Eligible for free bus travel, Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head for adventure.
 01  20110904 (R4+)Eligible for free bus travel, Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head for adventure.
 01  20110905 (R4+)Eligible for free bus travel, Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head for adventure.
 02  20100522 (R7)
20100523 (R7)
Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew venture forth on their local public transport.
Sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew use free travel to venture forth on their local public transport.
From 2004.
 03  20100529 (R7)
20100530 (R7)
Sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew use free travel for another chatty trip.
Sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew use free travel for another chatty trip on local public transport.
From 2004.
 04  20100605 (R7)
20100606 (R7)
Sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew use free travel for another chatty trip.
Sexagenarians Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew use free travel for another chatty trip on their local buses.
From 2004.
 05  20100612 (R7)
20100613 (R7)
Alan Coren helps Christopher Matthew to try and find the house where he was born.
Using free bus travel, Alan Coren helps Christopher Matthew to try and find the house where he was born.
From 2005.
 06  20100619 (R7)
20100620 (R7)
Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head to Southend-on-Sea to recall boyhood holidays.
Using free travel, Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head to Southend-on-Sea to recall the holidays of their youth.
From 2005.
 07 LASTLondon Zoo2005093020100626 (R7)
20100627 (R7)
Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head to London Zoo and Regents Park's boating pond.
Using free over-60s travel, Alan Coren and Christopher Matthew head to London Zoo and Regents Park's boating pond.
From 2005.
Rabbiting to each other as they go, they allow us to eavesdrop on their own journeys through the present, into the past and towards the future.
Their journey takes them to London Zoo and the boating pond in Regent's Park.
   20050916 In this programme, the sextogenarians' journey takes them south of the Thames to find the house that Christopher was born in.
  Southend-on-sea2005092320081027This week they're off to Southend-on-Sea and the holidays of their youth, complete with a trip to the pier-end clairvoyant.
   20121224 It's been a good five years since the series created by Christopher Matthew and the late Alan Coren was last broadcast - but last Christmas Terry Waite revealed that he had been a huge fan of the programme in which the two would would hop on a bus to see where it takes them - geographically, historically and conversationally. So much of a fan that Terry even suggested that, were the opportunity ever to occur, he would be delighted to take Alan's place for another outing of the programme.
What the original series of Freedom Pass managed to do was to introduce the idea of two sixty-year-old men engaged upon journeys of discovery not merely of the London bus system but also of themselves. Their aim was, in their own words, "to travel the bus routes together, rabbiting as we go. about the history inside us and outside us, about the people and events, the books and films, politics and wars, loves and hates, that are jolted out of our twin and joint memories by the places that the buses --- both intentionally and serendipitously --- take us past and to."
It struck Christopher that this same aim, philosophy even, would lend itself beautifully to a special one-off jaunt with Terry Waite. Given the extra meaning that the word 'Freedom' would bring to a bus journey with, as Christopher puts it, "this splendid man at my side", the two met at London Bridge Station and made their way by bus to Trafalgar Square. Their travels and their musings took them past St Paul's Cathedral, university life, Fleet Street and assisting in amputations.
Producer: Paul Kobrak.

Duration

  • 28 Minutes

Genre

  • Factual
  • Travel

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Programme Id

  • b01pftbj

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