‘Bottom’ star takes to horse-back in Berwick for ITV series

Adrian Edmondson films a piece for ITV about the Riding of the Bounds in Berwick.
Adrian Edmondson films a piece for ITV about the Riding of the Bounds in Berwick.

There was a mini recreation of Berwick’s Riding of the Bounds last week when comedian Ade Edmondson visited Berwick as part of a new ITV series he is filming.

Edmondson, best known for his roles in The Young Ones and Bottom, is currently filming for a new series called ‘Ade in Britain’.

Chief Marshall Shaun Eltringham with TV Presenter Adrian Edmondson and Catriona Lewis? ITV film a piece about the Riding of the Bounds in Berwick.

Chief Marshall Shaun Eltringham with TV Presenter Adrian Edmondson and Catriona Lewis? ITV film a piece about the Riding of the Bounds in Berwick.

It follows hot on the heels of his successful six-part ITV series The Dales, in which he followed the lives of a number of families in the Yorkshire Dales.

‘Ade in Britain’ sees him travel across the country, looking at local food and traditions, and the people that keep them alive.

Filming in Berwick last Tuesday, Edmondson joined this year’s chief marshal Shaun Eltringham and right-hand man Katrina Lewis at the barracks.

He saddled up to join them to ride part of the route of the Riding of the Bounds, including up to the Jingling Bridge, before the horses were boxed up briefly for a trip to New Water Haugh, just below the bypass, for some more filming.

The immediate past Mayor of Berwick, Coun Jennifer Waterhouse, was interviewed on the steps of the Town Hall, and Scott Rae, from Berwick Riders’ Association, was also interviewed about the history of the Riding of the Bounds, and the work that goes into it each year to keep it going.

Alison Borthwick, secretary of the riders’ association, told the ‘Berwickshire News’ that a researcher for the show contacted her just a matter of days before the May 1 event, but were unable to get a film crew there in time.

“We had someone taking video footage of the Riding of the Bounds, which hopefully they may be able to use as well,” said Alison.

As part of the filming in Northumberland for the new series, the crew also visited Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes at Tiptoe Farm, near Cornhill, Craster Kippers and Hexham.

Lucy Carroll said: “Ade was a really nice guy, and very enthusiastic about food.”

At the moment there in no set transmission date for the series.