Hairy Bikers back on TV

Published: 07 January 2006

The Hairy Bikers are back on TV with a full-scale globe-trotting series on BBC2, starting Tuesday January 17.

Simon King and Dave Myers used Triumphs in the one-off culinary tour of Portugal we saw last year. Now they are back on Beemers to tackle the world and its grub.

Dave is a former furnace man from Barrow-in-Furness who worked as a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics. Simon is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne and worked as a First Assistant Director and locations manager for many TV series and films, including the Harry Potter movies.

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Now they are in front of the camera cooking cool food in a series of stunning locations.

Dave said: “We were mates and loved getting on our bikes and journeying to discover great food and the stories behind it, but work kept getting in the way. We thought it would be a great life if we could just ride bikes, cook food and get paid to talk about it. And now here we are – it’s a dream come true.”

The documentary-style ‘road-trips’ combine travel and cooking with Dave and Simon as your guides. The first two episodes find them in Namibia where they cook crocodile satay, ostrich eggs and crayfish, as well as covering more than 650 miles of spectacular off-road terrain on BMW R1200GS bikes.

In the first series Dave and Simon also visit the Isle of Man, Ireland and Transylvania. The second series – due out later in the year – sees them riding through Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico.

Their website says they are currently eating grasshoppers in Mexico.