Friday, February 19, 2021


North Lincolnshire - with Scunthorpe, Brigg and Barton at its heart - keeps being passed over by television travel series. There are many being screened in the UK at present - perhaps because visiting places of interest abroad has been ruled out, or severely restricted, by the worldwide Coronavirus emergency.
Some of these programmes keep visiting familiar UK places of interest, including Devon & Cornwall, the Lake District, Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors.
However, Lincolnshire keeps being overlooked - despite being England's second largest county and having a rich history.
A programme about our area might include a fascinating tour of Scunthorpe steelworks on one of the steam-hauled trains operated by the Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society, a visit to Brigg Farmers' Market, a look at the uniquely-named Dying Gladiator pub with its statue modelled on one in the Vatican, reflections on the region's only surviving postmill at Wrawby, a tour of the wine-making Lincolnshire Wolds vineyard at Bigby, plus reference to the Horse Fair on August 5 and a look at the Humber Bridge and historic Barton.
These travel programmes often like to mention connections towns have with famous people. So mentions might be made of classical composer Frederic Delius's Brigg Fair, actress Dame Joan Plowright (Lady Olivier) being Brigg-born, and English and American Open golf champion Tony Jacklin developing his skills at Elsham Golf Club - living in this pretty village for some years at the height of his success.
Current or recent TV travel-related shows are being, or have been, presented by many well-known people, including Susan Calman, Joanna Lumley, Kate Humble, Ben Fogle, Julia Bradbury, and Ralf Little and Ricky Tomlinson who toured the north but didn't get as far south as Lincolnshire.
Perhaps someone in authority might like to contact TV programme makers and nominate our area for inclusion in a future series. Places featured in these programmes can expect to benefit (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) from tourism as interested viewers travel there to take a look. 

Actor Brian Blessed filmed in Brigg some years ago but not for a travel programme about our town. His ancestor, Jabez Blessed, had been a trader on Cross Street in the mid-19th century. Brian featured in a family history series.

Michael Portillo filmed one of his excellent railway history programmes in North East Lincolnshire, visiting the port of Immingham where he chatted to former Brigg man John Fitzgerald.

PICTURED: The Dying Gladiator pub and its statue, 1 Central Square (on the right) where Joan Plowright lived, Wrawby Mill, and Tony Jacklin arriving at Brigg Recreation Ground in the early 1970s.