Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers open up on ’emotional’ series ‘It was a struggle’

Hairy Bikers: Si King on their latest series 'Go North'

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Si King and Dave Myers have been travelling through northern England for their latest BBC series The Hairy Bikers Go North. The culinary duo filmed their road trip around Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, The Peak District and Newcastle but admitted it was the “most personal and emotional” journey they had ever undertaken.  

Opening up about their new series, Dave and Si admitted the chefs went on a “personal” journey during filming. 

Dave explained: “The series is a love letter to the North, a celebration of the food and the people that produce it.”

The two chefs visit their hometowns to see what’s changed over the years. 

“I’ve been away [from Barrow-in-Furness] for a number of years,” Dave said.

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Sharing his experience of returning to County Durham, Si added: “[It was] the most personal, emotional and enlightening journey we’ve undertaken.

“[We visited] the places and culture that formed who we are.”

“We wanted to be a bit more personal,” Dave continued. “That was an opportunity for us to let the viewers into our lives and our madness, and reflect a bit more.”

The Bikers admitted they were pleased to find that a lot has changed since they were younger. 

Dave remarked: “[It was] as multicultural as we hoped it would be. It was always a struggle to find much beyond mince and mash in our house if I’m honest.

“[But] today Barrow is very different… a new generation of foodies are putting this place on the map.”

As Dave takes Si on a trip around his hometown, the Bikers meet Caroline, Lucas and their daughter Molly.

Their local community crowdfunded thousands of pounds in four days to help the family open their bakery Peace and Loaf.

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“That’s what communities should be,” commented Si. “They’re invested in the business and know the people who are running it”.

The Bikers’ latest series began in September and has taken viewers on a culinary journey around the north of England. 

Praising the series, Cris Samways tweeted: “Thoroughly enjoying @HairyBikers #hairybikersgonorth – and in my opinion, the Northumberland episode is the best one yet. Not just in this series, but of all the programmes these two amazing friends have ever made. Just my opinion.”

“@HairyBikers #hairybikersgonorth!!!! Best programme of the week for me,” Alison Howe wrote.

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Andrea Pattinson added: “Was great to see on Hairy Bikers up North program the other night. Have totally loved this series, great cooking but gives a real sense of place too. Celebrates local business. Nice to see Cumbria given some profile too of course! #hairybikersgonorth.”

“Not only is #HairyBikersGoNorth a brilliant series but it’s got a cracking soundtrack too,” Alison shared.

Ashleigh exclaimed: “Who knew a cookery show could be so emotional? @HairyBikers

I don’t know how you’ve done it but the amount of love and heart you’ve put into #hairybikersgonorth is unbelievable. I’m an emotional wreck in a good way. Wonderful TV, thank you.”

Ruth Clark said: “#hairybikers #hairybikersgonorth I do like @HairyBikers another fantastic series and in our wonderful country this time too. England really is beautiful.”

The Hairy Bikers Go North continues on BBC Two on Thursday at 8pm.

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