The comedian travels to the former coal town of Blyth in Northumberland, meeting the locals and learning of its history, including its industrial legacy and its role in the first and second world wars. He also presents his findings to a local audience in the form of a stand-up show at the Phoenix Theatre.
The comedian visits the east London town of Walthamstow, where he finds a town mid-gentrification: the dog track has gone, the market remains, as does the cafe covered in pictures of Princess Diana. But there's also evidence of a controversial cycling scheme dubbed "Mini Holland", so Mark had better tread carefully when he performs to the locals.
There's one thing you definitely can't miss in Whitby and that's the ruined abbey up on a cliff looking down on the town. It's also hard to miss the jawbone of a blue whale set atop the opposite hill and the fact that Dracula was a researched and written here by Bram Stoker. You'll not go wanting if you are in search of a chip either. Mark Steel manages to dodge the seagulls and presents his findings to a local audience at The Brunswick Centre.