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Paul Hollywood rises to the occasion to host continental road trip
A self-described “full-time baker and part-time racing driver”, Paul Hollywood sets off on a Big Continental Road Trip to discover the best and worst of motoring in Italy, Germany and France. And this time he is without his familiar co-driver, Mary Berry.
The show certainly seems to have many twists with reports in the Telegraph that Britain's popular baking judge was almost arrested for speeding in Italy. The 51 year old cited a stint behind the wheel in Rome as one of the most memorable moments from the upcoming series.
He told the Press Association: "Driving around Rome has got to be the scariest thing in the world, especially with Bruno Tonioli in an orange Lamborghini. We nearly got arrested for speeding around Rome, by another Lamborghini police car."
Viewers will see Paul behind the wheel of some of the most expensive, exotic and weirdest cars from each nation he tours, learning about the people who drive them and the history that’s made the cars what they are.
Paul starts off his journey on Italy where he navigates Rome’s 'unique' traffic in a Lamborghini. He delivers dry-cleaning in a 3-wheel Piaggio Ape, samples mass-produced cars such as the Fiat Panda 4x4, and looks to the past in order to understand what shaped Italy’s motoring heritage.
In Germany, Paul reacts to Volkswagen’s almost too pristine home town, experiences no speed limits on the Autobahn with racing driver Bernd Schneider in a Mercedes AMG GT, visits a nudist camp in a VW Kombi van and takes comedian and Germanophile Al Murray for a spin around the Nürburgring.
Finally, in France, Paul races a horse and cart across a field, meets the legendary driver and constructor Henri Pescarolo at the iconic Le Mans circuit to explore the appeal of the 24-hour endurance race, and challenges one of Renault’s first turbo-era Formula One cars around the Magny Cours circuit in a modern hot hatchback.
And the recipe for success? Paul Hollywood said: “Cars have been a passion for me since I was a small boy and first saw the Aston Martin DB5 in a Bond film. I use them to de-stress and I believe they’re a means of expression, not just a means of transport. It’s a dream for me to be able to share my passion on television for the first time with this new series with BBC Two. While baking is my job and what I’m best known for, cars have always been my greatest love – I hope that comes across in the show and that viewers enjoy coming on these terrific journeys with me.”
Now, if only Mel and Sue were part of the 'mix' for those essential baking related puns.