BBC TV's Hairy Bikers tour North East
PUBLISHED: 22:55 14 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:37 20 February 2013
Bikes and pans at the ready - the Hairy Bikers are taking their hit BBC TV show on live national tour, words by Michael Hamilton
Geordie Si King and his Lancashire pal Dave Myers are playing 45 dates around the UK including Newcastle City Hall, Durham Gala, Darlington Civic and Stockton ARC.
The roly-poly stars have won an army of fans with their zany antics on telly and now the boys bring their cooking and humour to the stage.
The North East shows kick off at Darlington Civic on February 1, then its Durham Gala on February 2 and March 2 (the first gig sold out so quickly bosses added a second date) with Newcastle City Hall on February 12 and Stockton ARC on March 13.
The stage shows will include the usual blend of gags, recipes, social commentary and quirkiness but fans will also get to witness their never-before-seen original screen test.
Audiences will get the chance to join in and watch the masters at work as they prepare a three-course meal in 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, Si has revealed why their new TV series, Mums Know Best, is specially poignant for him - because his own mum Stella died while he was filming last year.
And the 43-year-old father-of-three, who lives in the Tyne Valley with wife Jane and sons Alex, James and Dylan, paid tribute to her as his cooking inspiration.
Its very poignant for me because my mam died when I was shooting the Food Tour of Great Britain. That wasnt brilliant. In fact it was a hard time for us all because shes a huge miss. She was a great lady.
She was a big inspiration to me. My dad used to bring exotic stuff home from all over the world because he was a despatch rider in the Russian convoys.
She was just a lass brought up in Kibblesworth, a north Durham coalfield village, but she had the nous and intellect to give new things a try.
My mam was cooking with lemongrass and all sorts of exotic things in the Fifties and early Sixties so, when everyone else was eating Vesta curries, we were eating great food. Thats a testament to her really.
One of my favourite dishes she did for us was flat rib broth - its a miners thing and she was very specific about it. She used to say you can only buy flat rib in the autumn as thats when the beasts are right. She would insist on it.
Mums Know Best, a six-part series on BBC Two, celebrates the history of family recipes. In the show, Si shares the secret of his mums delicious rice pudding and serves up a North East favourite, Pan Haggerty - a hotpot of potatoes, cheese and onions.
Stella, who died last year aged 87, had a cameo role in the Hairy Bikers Cookbook series when he tried to get her to reveal to viewers the secrets of her cherished recipe book.