Channel 4 has ordered a new five-part series from Blink Films in which Foodies Ainsley Harriott and Grace Dent will explore some of the best seaside holiday destinations – and dishes – the British Isles have to offer.

“From local delicacies and cheap eats to high-end dining and fun holiday activities, Best of British By the Sea (5×60’ WT) will be a guide to Britain’s splendid seaside at its scrumptious best.”

Each episode will follow Grace and Ainsley as they stay in a self-catering property where they cook for each other using their favourite produce, and a hotel where they meet the owners and chefs while soaking up the unique ambience of each establishment. From their two  accommodations they explore the local surroundings and attractions, and experience hidden foodie hotspots.

Grace and Ainsley will take in the delights of South Devon, the Isle of Wight, Carmarthenshire, Aberdeenshire and Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The series is made in partnership with self-catering accommodation specialist, Hoseasons (part of the Awaze Group). Secondary sponsorship for Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Carmarthenshire, and Aberdeenshire is being provided by their respective tourist boards, county and borough councils and associated funding projects.

Dan Chambers, Creative Director Blink Films says: “There are so many great treats to be found around the British coast.  After watching this series, you just won’t want to holiday anywhere else!”

Paul Evans, Vice President of Portfolio at Awaze, says: “We are delighted to be working with Grace, Ainsley, Blink Films and Channel 4 on what we know is going to be a really feel-good series. The staycation has never been more popular and it’s great to be doing our bit to help showcase some of the amazing places that are out there to be discovered and experienced along our fantastic shores.”

Best of British By the Sea (w/t) has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Deborah Dunnett with Katherine Marlow, C4’s Branded Entertainment Controller and brokered by Eleanor Cable at The 7 Stars Agency. Martha Swales is the Series Producer, and Will Knott and Dan Chambers are Executive Producers for Blink Films. The series is being distributed by Beyond Rights.

Jon Creamer

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