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Hairy Bikers’ Bake-ation

Thursdays at 6:10pm (SIN/HK) from 15 October

About the show

On the road again

In these times of austerity, what could be more comforting than a bit of home baking? And what more enjoyable way to expand your horizons beyond brown bread and sponge cake than on a spectacular road trip across Europe with Si and Dave?

This series sees the hairy duo ride over 3,000 kilometres from Scandinavia to Spain – taking in Norway, Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania, as well as Austria, Italy and France – to seek out the very best baking that the continent has to offer, from simple peasant breads to complex confections made by the finest patissiers.

Along the way they serve up the perfect accompaniments, such as soups, charcuterie and cheeses, and meet a range of characters, from amateur cooks to professional bakers. They also share the intimate secrets of family recipes that have been passed from generation to generation.

Presenters

Si and Dave from Hairy Bikers' Bake-Ation

Si King and David Myers

Unbeknown to many, Si and Dave – aka The Hairy Bikers – never had their sights set on culinary fame.

Hailing from North East England, Si carved a profession as a first assistant director and locations manager for film and television, and can boast credits for working his magic on the award-winning series of Harry Potter movies. He has always loved grub, a passion that was nurtured from an early age by his father – he would bring back exotic ingredients from his voyages with the Royal Navy.

Born and bred in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness, Dave studied fine arts at London’s Goldsmiths College, specialising in egg tempera and the work of the Old Masters. After graduating, he joined the BBC as a prosthetics make-up artist and worked on such hit series as The Lives and Loves of a She Devil, Prime Suspect and Spooks.

The duo met by professional chance on the set of the 1995 The Gambling Man, a TV adaptation of a Catherine Cookson novel. They bonded over their love of tasty bites and bikes, and indulged their mutual passions by riding and cooking together in their spare time. Eventually, the winning formula prompted them to risk turning their back on making TV to chance becoming motorised TV cooking stars in their own right. Their first series, The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, broadcast in 2006 and was an instant success.

A decade on, the Hairy Bikers have travelled the world in the pursuit of great food, created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs, published a library of bestsellers and are the UK's third most popular cookery book writers after Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. Their first calorie-conscience title – The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight – even toppled the saucy 50 Shades of Grey from the top of the bestsellers charts when it was released in 2012, and held the number one spot for an impressive six weeks.

Si and Dave are best friends in life, work and ink – both have a tattoo of Che Guevara on their right arm.

Next on...

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday June 7 at 3:25pm

Norway

The Hairy Bikers start their epic 5,000-mile bake-ation in Kristiansund on Norway's stunning west coast. 1/8

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday June 8 at 3:25pm

Low Countries

The second leg of the Hairy Bikers' Bake-ation begins on the flatlands of the Netherlands where they bake lazybones buns beside a windmill. 2/8

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday June 9 at 3:25pm

Germany

The bikers travel from the wine region of the Rhine Valley to the spiritual home of beer, Bavaria, and discover Germany's passion for bread. 3/8

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 3:25pm

Eastern Europe

Three countries, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, provide theBikers with ample opportunity to explore some great baking. 4/8

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday June 11 at 3:20pm

Austria

In Austria the bikers make sachertorte, apfelstrudel and a chocolate gugelhupf cake. And, of course, learn to yodel. 5/8

Episode 6, Series 1

Tuesday June 12 at 3:30pm

Italy

In Italy the bikers bake focaccia with rosemary in Venice, in Turin they cook a stromboli and in Ferrara they enjoy a pasta pie. 6/8

Episode 7, Series 1

Wednesday June 13 at 3:25pm

France

The Hairy Bikers head to France where they cook up delicious treats including a saucisson-stuffed brioche, truffle-infused butter and a tarte tatin. 7/8

Episode 8, Series 1

Thursday June 14 at 3:20pm

Spain

The Hairy Bikers head to Spain where they cook up delicious treats including pan rustico, seafood empanada and Basque chicken pie. 8/8

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