TV's Tarrant filming in Aldeburgh
ONE of television's most popular personalities drove his vintage open top Bentley car into an East Anglian coastal town as he filmed a new show.Chris Tarrant, host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and his wife Ingrid arrived at Aldeburgh yesterday morning.
By David Lennard
ONE of television's most popular personalities drove his vintage open top Bentley car into an East Anglian coastal town as he filmed a new show.
Chris Tarrant, host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and his wife Ingrid arrived at Aldeburgh yesterday morning.
They are currently filming a new series of Tarrant's Way in which they drive the beautiful 1938 Bentley around the country meeting local personalities and characters on the way.
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“It is great fun and a real honour to be able to meet and chat to so many interesting people,” said Chris.
“We have also been incredibly lucky with the weather as it was raining yesterday but today when we are filming here in Aldeburgh the sun is out and the town is looking incredibly beautiful,” he said.
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During their stay in Aldeburgh the couple met local fishermen and the town's RNLI crew.
“I have nothing but admiration for people who go out on the sea every day.
“It may be calm today but the sea can be a very dangerous place and the RNLI crews are prepared to venture out in all kinds of weather and deserve nothing but our highest praise,” said Chris.
This is the second series of Tarrant's Way that the couple have made although the first series in 2005 was only screened in the London area.
“This time the series of eight one-hour programmes is going out over the entire ITV network and we have covered the country making the shows,” said Chris.
The couple have finished filming in Wales and the West Country and are now making the final programmes in East Anglia.
“We only have two more shows to do after this one and will finish in Cambridge,” said Chris.
The vintage car, which has a pivotal role in the programmes, has proved itself extremely reliable apart from one rather worrying episode last week.
“We were filming in the West Country at this manor which is supposed to be haunted and locals told us that bad things always happen to people when they visit,” explained Ingrid.
“For the very first time we had car trouble with the Bentley when we got a puncture and the car fell off the jack when we tried to change wheels.
“The crew's modern car also suffered mechanical problems when we were there so there may be something in what the locals were telling us,” she said.
There were no such problems in the Aldeburgh area yesterday and Mr and Mrs Tarrant had an enjoyable time meeting local residents in the warm sunshine.
“It has been really great here. It's just a pity I haven't been able to do a spot of fishing but Ingrid has banned me from taking my rods with me on our journeys,” said Chris.
Ingrid was quick to dismiss her husband's allegation and said: “I have not banned the rods at all but because there is so little room in the car there simply isn't the space for the rods.
“We need so many clothes because even when the weather is nice like this it can be very cold in an open top car,” she said.
Tarrant's Way is expected to be broadcast on ITV 1 this coming September.