British As Folk. Image shows from L to R: Fern Brady, Ivo Graham, Darren Harriott. Copyright: STV Productions
British As Folk

British As Folk

  • TV factual
  • Dave
  • 2021
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Fern Brady, Darren Harriott and Ivo Graham travel around the UK interrogating stereotypes and traditions.

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Series 1, Episode 6 - Essex: Is The South All Style Over Substance?

British As Folk. Image shows from L to R: Ivo Graham, Fern Brady. Copyright: STV Productions
At the end of their UK road trip, Darren Harriott, Fern Brady and Ivo Graham finish in Essex, arguably the most stereotyped region of all, and ask 'Is the South all style over substance?'.

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The throuple's road trip ends in Essex, arguably the most stereotyped region of them all. Keen to investigate if there's more than just big lips, big cars and big nights out here, the trio delve into real Essex life to try and prove the South has substance as well as style.

Ivo gets straight in to trying some local fishy delicacies, before the trio head to Essex's 350 mile coastline for a seal-spotting boat-trip, in hope of seeing some orange sunbathers of a different kind. They embrace the benefits of open water swimming, as Fern meets kindred spirit, Scottish-born swimmer Lachlan and having worked up an appetite, Ivo heads out on the foraging trail to cook up a feast of nettles, while Darren and Fern discover the roots of the 'Essex Girl' stereotype.

They finish their epic adventure with an Essex exclusive Mr (and Mr) and Mrs test; to discover just how compatible their throuple really is.

Broadcast details

Monday 18th October 2021
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 21st October 2021 11:00pm Dave


Swimming Caps

Fern Brady and Ivo Graham crack up over swimming caps and try open water swimming - while Darren Harriott watches comfortably from dry land. Also, Fern talks to Lachlan about autism and swimming.

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