Have I Got News for You: Paul Merton discusses past hosts
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Not many couples would be willing to travel the country in a motorhome after 15 months of lockdown but that’s exactly what husband and wife duo Paul Merton and Suki Webster did for their new Channel 5 series. The show follows the couple as they search for the UK’s most famous sights and hidden gems – and there’s a few surprises along the way.
Whilst the pandemic has caused a lot of industries to collapse, one which saw a boost was the motorhome and caravan business.
In his new adventure, Paul and wife Suki decided to embrace the restrictions of lockdown by renting a £66,000 24ft Roller Team 740.
In a year like no other, they travel from the Lake District to the Kent coast and from Norfolk to Wales in search of the UK’s finest sights.
The first episode followed the couple as they set off from Canterbury to tour the coast of Kent with their trip briefly interrupted when a door mirror clips the hedge in a narrow country lane
Looking back on their trip, Paul has admitted it took a while to “used to the size” of the motorhome as neither of them had “driven anything like that” before.
But Suki added: “It was an absolute joy to be invited to do something where we left the house!”
The couple, who spent lockdown at their cottage in Kent, admitted they had static caravan holidays as kids, but this would be the first time the pair would explore motorhoming.
Reflecting on some of the more memorable experiences from the trip, while Suki enjoyed racing around a quarry, Paul stated he “hated” it.
Paul explained: “At one point, we were being driven around a quarry in a kind of very souped-up, almost Formula One racing car with a very experienced driver, and the car goes from nought to 60 in two seconds.
“I absolutely hated it, and Suki absolutely loved it. I was going, ‘Slow down, slow down!’ and Suki was just whooping with joy.”
Suki added to the Bridport News: “Another thing I loved was something called the Jacob Sheep experience.
“This farmer and his daughter have acclimatised this breed of sheep to no longer be afraid of people, and they’re like dogs.
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“You put them on a harness, when you let them off the harness, they don’t run away, they nuzzle you.
“They just want to be petted. They’re the most gorgeous things.”
Comedian Paul explained the premise of the series was to encourage more viewers to explore the UK with a “holiday on wheels”.
“I don’t know what we expected, but we genuinely had a fantastic time – each trip was a new adventure,” he said.
“The joy of a campervan is carrying home comforts with you. If the view isn’t good or the neighbours are noisy you just pack up and move on.”
The synopsis for the first episode reads: “Paul Merton and his wife Suki Webster hit the road as they embrace Britain’s booming motorhoming scene, seeking out the UK’s most famous sights and hidden gems, while there are tips from enthusiasts and volunteers test camping equipment.
“The couple begin their journey in Canterbury, where they pick up their cruiser and set off on their first-ever staycation on wheels touring Kent’s coastline.”
Motorhoming With Merton & Webster starts tonight on Channel 5 8pm
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