Tony Hawks's Guide To The Guides

Tony Hawks tests the guide books that claim to help us navigate our way around our holidays.

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01Tea Shops20160130 (BBC7)
20160131 (BBC7)

Using guide books that help plan our outings, Tony Hawks takes a tour of Dorset tea rooms.

Comedian and writer Tony Hawks tests the guide books that claim to help us navigate our way around our holidays.

Kicking off this 6-part series, Tony goes in search of that very British creation, the tea-room.

Should it be milk or tea in first to make the very best cuppa? Armed with his guide, Tony's tea tour takes in the delights of Dorset. But what is it that writers think of in order establish real tea-room credibility for guide-readers, including the needs of visitors from abroad?

Producer: Lucy Willmore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.

0220160206 (BBC7)
20160207 (BBC7)

Comedian Tony Hawks takes a tour of Ireland - minus the fridge.

Using the guide books that help plan our outings, comedian Tony Hawks takes a tour of Ireland - minus the fridge. From June 2000.

03Ghost Guides20160213 (BBC7)
20160214 (BBC7)

Tony asks if the plethora of guide books can really help him find a ghost.

Tony tests the reference books to the limit and asks if the plethora of guide books can really help him find a ghost. From June 2000.

04River Thames20160220 (BBC7)
20160221 (BBC7)

Tony heads up river to test guide book accuracy, and his own suitability for boating life.

Comedian and writer Tony Hawks tests the guide books that claim to help us navigate our way around our holidays.

Testing the plethora of reference books to the limit, Tony heads up river to discover his own suitability for boating life.

Producer: Lucy Willmore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.

05Holidays With Pets20160227 (BBC7)
20160228 (BBC7)

The comedian seeks pet-friendly locations in Suffolk.

Comedian and writer Tony Hawks tests the guide books that claim to help us navigate our way around our holidays.

Testing the plethora of reference books to the limit, Tony sets off with golden retriever, Billy to seek some pet-friendly locations in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Producer: Lucy Willmore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.

06Paris20160312 (BBC7)
20160313 (BBC7)

Testing out the guide books, comedian Tony goes in search of romantic Paris.

Testing out the guide books, comedian Tony goes in search of romantic Paris - and where in the city he should kiss. From July 2000.

0101The Tea Room20000527

This week, he goes in search of that very British creation - the tea room.

0102The Craic20000603

He returns to Ireland in search of the craic, spends a day at the races and plunges into Dublin's nightlife.

On the west coast, people point to a tiny entry in the guides where he might just find the true meaning of the word.

0103Ghosts20000610

This week, he asks whether the plethora of ghost guides can really help him find a spook.

0104The River20000617

This week, he heads up the Thames armed with guides to the river, to test not only the accuracy of the books but his own suitability for the boating life.

0105Staying With Pets20000624

With the help of the unique `Pets Welcome' and `Your Dog' magazine, he spends a weekend bonding with a golden retriever - including a stay at a hotel where pets share their owners' rooms.

0106 LASTParis20000701

Tony Hawks checks out a guide to romantic Paris with the with the help of residents who have fallen in love there.