ITV Series – The Dales hosted by Ade Edmondson

When we were growing up as kids I’m sure we would have been delighted to learn that our mum, (Managing Director of the Angel Inn – Juliet Watkins) had the same maiden name as Vivian from the Young Ones, ie Edmondson!

In fact Ade Edmondson is no relation to Mrs Watkins but they do share something else in common, a profound love of The Dales and a quietly kept love of music.

The 53-year-old, who was born in Bradford, will front new ITV show The Dales which follows on from hugely successful The Lakes which pulled in 4.3m viewers.

Backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, the series will centre around local characters and life in the glorious Yorkshire countryside.

Some of the show has been filmed at the exclusive luxury castle hotel Swinton Park in Masham, near Ripon which is part of the Yorkshire Fine Hotels association of which the Angel Inn is a member.

Both series were ordered by Diana Howie, ITV Commissioning Editor. “The Dales feels like a natural progression of this popular genre. Set against the backdrop of beautiful Britain and with the natural warmth and appeal of Adrian Edmondson as our guide, this series will follow a cross section of residents whose daily lives are defined by the diverse and often challenging landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.” Diana said.

Ade Edmondson’s secret love of music is highlighted by the fact that one morning Adrian Edmondson awoke from a Soho drinking session to find he’d purchased a mandolin. Out of such misadventure legends are created and he challenged himself to re-interpret his favourite punk songs. He is on tour with the Bad Shepherds and will be appearing in Holmfirth in May 2011

Juliet on the other hand has a leaning towards classical and choral music and is a member of the Langcliffe singers.

If having watched the series you would like to stay in one of the most picturesque villages in the Dales then try one of the exquisit bedrooms at the Angel Inn at Hetton.

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