Pam Ayres' Open Road

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
0101The Vale Of The White Horse20170225 (BBC7)
20170226 (BBC7)

Tales of tanks on streets and playground peril as the poet's road trip kicks off.

4 Extra Debut. Tales of tanks on streets and playground peril as the poet's road trip kicks off in her birthplace in Oxfordshire. From October 2000.

0102The Lake District20170304 (BBC7)
20170305 (BBC7)

The poet follows in the rugged Cumbrian footsteps of Beatrix Potter.

The poet follows in the rugged Cumbrian footsteps of Beatrix Potter and meets the local mountain rescue team. From November 2000.

0103Slapton Sands20170311 (BBC7)
20170312 (BBC7)

The poet visits the Devon setting for the disastrous D-Day landing rehearsals of 1944.

Pam Ayres visits the Devon setting for the disastrous D-Day landing rehearsals of 1944. Pam talks to two American ex-servicemen and the locals of Slapton Sands who had to vacate their farms and villages in preparation.

Series in which poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres takes to the open road, visiting eight places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2000.

0104Hickling And The Norfolk Broads20170318 (BBC7)
20170319 (BBC7)

Pam meets a Norfolk Broads river pilot, climbs Britain's tallest windmill and wields a scythe with a legendary reed-cutter.

Series in which poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres takes to the open road, visiting eight places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2000.

The poet goes boating and climbs the tallest windmill in Britain.

The poet goes boating and climbs the tallest windmill in Britain. Locals share their water expertise. From November 2008.

0105The Welsh Valleys20170325 (BBC7)
20170326 (BBC7)

The poet returns to Wales to see how the valleys have been transformed.

Pam returns to Wales to see how the valleys have been transformed since she first visited as a teenager in the 1970s, when the landscape was black with coal dust.

Series in which poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres takes to the open road, visiting eight places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2000.

0106Saffron Walden, Essex20170401 (BBC7)
20170402 (BBC7)

Pam admires Audley End's restored country house kitchen.

Pam arrives in Essex to admire Audley End's restored country house kitchen and drops in on Wallace the stuffed lion at the Saffron Walden Museum.

Series in which poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres takes to the open road, visiting eight places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2000.

0107Isle Of Skye20170408 (BBC7)
20170409 (BBC7)

Pam returns to the west coast of Scotland to look for otters.

Pam returns to the West Coast of Scotland to look for otters and to discover the aphrodisiac power of herrings.

Series in which poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres takes to the open road, visiting eight places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2000.

0108 LASTGloucestershire20170415 (BBC7)
20170416 (BBC7)

Back in her home county on the last leg of her journey, poet Pam Ayres learns about wig curlers, celebrity longhorn steers and 'legging it'.

Series in which poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres takes to the open road, visiting eight places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2000.

Back in her home county, poet Pam Ayres learns about wig curlers and 'legging it'.

Back in her home county, poet Pam Ayres learns about wig curlers, celebrity longhorn steers and 'legging it'. From December 2000.

0201Lowestoft20170826 (BBC7)

Pam Ayres heads to Britain's most easterly point to learn about witches, monks and fishing

Pam heads to Britain's most easterly point to learn about witches, monks and fishing in the Suffolk town of Lowestoft.

Poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres is back on the open road, visiting nine more places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Jill Marshall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2001.

0202St Austell20170902 (BBC7)

Pam heads to Cornwall to explore a china clay quarry and drop in on Peter Skellern.

Pam is in Cornwall where she visits a china clay quarry, the Eden Project and drops in on singer-songwriter Peter Skellern.

Poet and raconteuse Pam Ayres is back on the open road, visiting nine more places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Jill Marshall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2001.

0203Wigan20170909 (BBC7)

Pam visits a Lancashire cotton mill and meets the residents of a greyhound rescue centre.

Pam visits a Lancashire cotton mill, a mint ball factory and meets the residents of a greyhound rescue centre.

Poet and raconteuse Pam Ayres is back on the open road, visiting nine more places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Jill Marshall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2001.

0204Northumberland20170916 (BBC7)

Pam learns about the gardens of Alnwick Castle and the rituals of cattle of Chillingham.

Pam learns about the water themed gardens of Alnwick Castle and the rituals of the wild cattle of Chillingham.

Poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres is back on the open road, visiting nine more places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Jill Marshall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2001.

0205Jersey20170923 (BBC7)

Pam is on the largest Channel island to learn about black butter.

Pam's on the largest Channel island to learn about black butter, visit an underground hospital and try unusual cake.

Poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres is back on the open road, visiting nine more places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Jill Marshall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2001.

0206The Fire Service College20171007 (BBC7)

Pam visits the 'university for firefighters' in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Pam visits the 'university for firefighters' in Moreton-in-Marsh, delivering fire and rescue training internationally.

Poet and raconteuse, Pam Ayres is back on the open road, visiting nine more places in Britain to hear tales from the people who live there.

Producer: Jill Marshall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2001.