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Presented by Richard Wilson and timed to mark the 50th anniversary of the first motorway, this series sees the classic comedy actor steer six classic cars round the twists and turns of six of the best drives of 1958 as described in British motoring guide books of the period.

Britain's Best Drives is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on February 19, 2009.

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BBC Studios
1 Season, 7 Episodes
February 19, 2009
Documentary & Biography
7.2/10
Cast: Richard Wilson
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Britain's Best Drives Full Episode Guide

  • Richard Wilson returns to the country of his birth in a splendid 1950s Bentley. He drops in on his sister, takes to the water to find out how Sir Walter Scott inspired a deluge of sightseers to the region, drives Scotland's most famous road in the company of a bevy of vintage bikers, and discovers just what it is about great vistas that gives us all such a thrill.

  • Using an Austin Cambridge to explore an area that claims to be the birthplace of British tourism, Richard learns about life before the Severn Bridge, finds out why thousands of tourists flocked to the Wye Valley in search of the 'picturesque' and discovers how ancient customs are still practiced in the medieval Forest of Dean, with his trip culminating at a renowned viewpoint.

  • In preparation for a motor journey around Britain, Richard Wilson is put through his paces as he learns how to use a gear stick again, having driven only automatics for the past 30 years. He drives classic cars, goes off-road, experiences the thrills and spills of the skidpan and gets a lesson in driving high performance cars from five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell.

  • Richard struggles to get to grips with a retro VW camper van as he drives the coast road from St Ives to Land's End. He learns of St Ives's 1950s abstract art heyday and meets a 95-year-old painter still at work in Porthmeor Studios. He discovers why DH Lawrence was expelled from the county, hears legends of Cornish mermaids and gets to know his van on a blustery clifftop campsite.

  • Richard takes the wheel of Ford Zodiac to drive the circular route from Caernarfon that loops through some of Snowdonia's most sensational scenery. He gets a Welsh lesson at Caernarfon Castle, learns the significance of the Dinorwic slate quarry, drives the Llanberis Pass, meets 71-year-old human fly Eric Jones and takes a trip down memory lane at a former Butlins holiday camp.

  • Actor Richard Wilson takes a journey into the past, following routes raved about in motoring guides of mid-20th century. In a classic Morris Minor Traveller, he drives from Scarborough to Whitby via the Yorkshire moors. On the way, he learns about the rise and fall of the British seaside resorts and checks out the mythical roadside wonder that is the Hole of Horecum.