Great British Questions Episode 1: Cheese


Hello chaps!

Recently, VisitBritain sent me and Olly on a trip around Britain in order to answer the nation’s most pressing questions in the form of five short videos.

So prepare yourself for Episode One of Helen and Olly’s Great British Questions:

Where is the cheesiest place in Britain?

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Here’s where we went in our pursuit of cheesiness:

Paxton and Whitfield cheesemongers in Bath, part of a 200-year-old cheese-purveying business.
Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, where you can take a tour of the cheese caves, ride an open-topped bus through the gorge, visit the museum of prehistoric cheese, and of course, eat a whole load of cheese.
The Leagram Organic Dairy near Chipping, Lancashire, where you can not only buy some classic Lancastrian cheeses, but also be taught to make cheese by cheesemaker extraordinaire Bob Kitching. He can turn milk into cheese in the blink of an eye, and also has more naughty jokes about cheese than you ever imagined possible.
• The annual Stilton cheese-rolling. Get your entry forms in now to compete in the 2011 roll!

We enthusiastically recommend all those places. See below for photos of our antics; and please tune in next Tuesday for Episode Two: Film. For more VisitBritain finery, join their Facebook page.

We also owe massive thanks to Bob Smart at the Cheddar Caves, cheese enthusiast Warwick Davis, Uncle Henry’s for the cheese and treats, Tebay Services for not minding when Olly threw a pot of lime cheese everywhere, and, most of all, Tess Longfield and Rachel Aked at VisitBritain.

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12 Responses to “Great British Questions Episode 1: Cheese”

  1. Seric Says:

    Someone needed a fluffy mic cover to stop wind noise. Take note AMT team!

  2. Gwan Says:

    Fab as ever. I thought you recorded this in your June/July hols though – is it really scarf/coat/gloves weather in England or is your internal thermostat set wrong Helen?
    Also, I’m glad you guys are not a couple as you look kind of like brother and sister!

  3. Neil Says:

    If you start a cheese tour company, like Travelsphere, I’ll be first in the queue.

  4. Jen Says:

    Honestly. When will you two (three) come to Wisconsin? Home of the cheesehead.

  5. Molly Says:

    Awesome stuff, very funny. Can’t wait for next week.

  6. Adam Howe Says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! Cheese is probably one of the greatest advances in the history of civilisation! I can’t wait for the next one and I’m so happy I get Helen and Olly twice a week now.

  7. Ian Says:

    There was a moment when I was convinced Olly was about to say “That’s right, Raj’s Curry House – just around the corner from this cinema.”

    Great fun though, looking forward to the next outing.

  8. catherinehirst Says:

    I expect to see this on the Oscar list next year in the Best Documentary category.

  9. murrayNE Says:

    Hooray for you two! And sponsored too!(?) Great stuff!

  10. Jessica Says:

    Love this! Cannot wait for the next episode!

  11. Ryan Says:

    I’ve been to Cheddar Gorge! It’s brilliant – the caves are great.

  12. Andrew from Southampton Says:

    I love it! Can’t wait to see the others. I actually burst out laughing at Olly chasing pigeons yelling “CHEEEEEEEESE!”

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