Celebrities visit Richmondshire for Channel 5 series

Left to right, Sherrie Hewson; tour guide Gerry Broadbent; Colin Baker and Todd Carty.

Richmondshire will be featured on national TV next week following a visit by five celebrities.

DJ Tony Blackburn and pop singer Sonia joined forces with actors Colin Baker, Todd Carty and Sherrie Hewson to experience life in campsites and the freedom of the open road in Channel 5 series Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning.

The route took in a visit to Richmond, where Colin, Todd and Sherrie were filmed taking a tour of The Georgian Theatre Royal – the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form.

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One of the theatre’s volunteer guides, Gerry Broadbent, took the celebrity group on a full tour of the grade 1 historic building and regaled them with stories about its colourful past and life in 18th-century England.

“Our celebrity guests were brilliant to show around and took a keen interest in the history of the Theatre and the actors that have played here over the years,” said Gerry Broadbent.

“They particularly enjoyed standing on the stage itself and even treated us to a few – rather impressive – Shakespearian soliloquies.

“Colin Baker was also very keen to hear about the theatre’s legendary pantomime having starred in numerous festive productions himself during his career.”

As well as The Georgian Theatre Royal, the film crew visited the award-winning Angel’s Share Bakery at The Station and the town’s picturesque cobbled market place.

They stayed at Akebar Caravan Park near Leyburn.

In an interview with TV Times about her experience of the show, Sherrie Hewson said: “What a beautiful country we live in.

“We travelled miles every day – and got lost every day.

“The Lake District was astounding and in Yorkshire we went on a steam train and to one of the oldest and tiniest theatres in the country.”

The episode featuring Richmondshire will be screened on Friday, July 13 at 8pm.


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  1. We live in the beautiful town of Richmond, outstanding walks, breathtaking countryside and friendly people. We have all we need in the town, thestre, library, swimming pool and EXCELLENT health care at the Friary and local pharmacy. Where else would we want to live?

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