A quick update to an October 2009 post from Tellyspotting as you make plans to travel to the UK this summer. This just in from the other side of the pond – think about Peckham if you’re a fan of Only Fools and Horses. As reported in The Guardian, the British are way ahead of the game as 1 in 20 Britons have made the trek for a Rodney and Del Boy day in south east London. If that’s not your cup of tea, here are some other options as reported earlier. Safe travels.
Next time you travel to the UK, take a break from the pubs and think about a comedy tour of England, which boasts not only numerous birthplaces of your favorite Britcom stars, but you can quickly check out places like Yorkshire, home to the longest-running sitcom on television, Last of the Summer Wine. You can actually tour Holmfirth in West Yorkshire and see all of your favorite locations including the world famous, Sid’s Cafe.
South West England
Here you will be in the heart of the settings for Fawlty Towers (Torquay) and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. South West England also proudly was home to local comedy heroes such as Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and British comedy pioneer, Peter Cook. You can also see the home of To The Manor Born (Cricket St. Thomas estate in Somerset), Grantleigh Manor. Turned into a hotel several years ago, you can actually live the life of a fforbes-Hamilton, for a price.
England’s smallest county, Rutland, was the inspiration for Eric Idle’s Rutland Weekend Television. If that’s not enough to get you to the Midlands, how about visiting the setting for The League of Gentleman or Northampton, the setting for Keeping Up Appearances.
South East England
Not only does this area boast such local comedy heroes as Hugh Laurie, Eddie Izzard, Benny Hill, Michael Palin and Peter Sellers, it’s also the setting for The Good Life (The Good Neighbors in the U.S.) and The Office in Slough, Berkshire.
You won’t be able to find the World’s Largest Frying Pan or the World’s Biggest Ball of String, but you can attend the World Gurning Championships (it’s best you figure out what this is as you have to see it to believe it) and see the only statue in the world of Eric Morecambe (I know, I was shocked to hear this too).
Check out this map of England if you want a more off the beaten path tour of the UK next time around.