Sunderland episode of Ross Noble’s Freewheeling TV show to be aired this month

Ross Noble filming for his show outside the former central fire station, Sunderland, on Friday
Ross Noble filming for his show outside the former central fire station, Sunderland, on Friday
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COMEDIAN Ross Noble’s Twitter travels on Wearside is due to hit the small screen.

The North East star visited Sunderland while he and his crew made the second series of his show Freewheeling last summer.

The shows were made from scratch with the help of people who followed him and his show on Twitter, with call outs for activities to join in and invites to events leading the programme across the country.

It aims to discover the sort of experiences and characters that people never normally hear about.

In the first episode of the series, which starts on Dave on Tuesday, Ross makes it his personal mission to help a man due at Sunderland’s County Court.

Although, due to a mix up, they ended up at the door of the city’s magistrates’ court, before arriving at the right building in John Street.

Viewers will have to tune in to find out what happened during Fulwell man Brian Aslett’s hearing, which saw a crowd of supporters gather to give the Nissan worker their backing, and volunteers creating banners.

Brian, who attended the court over a traffic matter, had sent Ross a tweet to get help him at court.

During his visit, Ross said: “I’m having a great time. The people of Sunderland – and it breaks my heart to say this as a man from north of the Tyne – have been phenomenal and the response has been really good.”

In the same programme, biker Ross will also be seen to get an inspirational message from soul legend Billy Ocean, and help plan a huge airport surprise for an unsuspecting holidaymaker.

Ross Noble films his TV show Freewheeling in Sunderland.

Ross Noble films his TV show Freewheeling in Sunderland.

Sunderland also makes an appearance in the second episode, when he first goes north of the border as he lands a bit-part in a Braveheart-style film, does a runner in the style of Trainspotting’s opening scene as he makes his escape from The Krankies and the Loch Ness Monster, which leads to his return to the city.

He will then be seen to head to Sunderland where he had an encounter between a sword-wielding warrior and a dragon.

On the way, he somehow finds “Shangri-La”, while on a pilgrimage to a Barbara Cartland-themed fish and chip shop in a remote highland village.

He also uses the social network as a force of good by brightening up a grandmother’s day, unites Mods and Rockers, goes to the aid of jobseekers, has a series of encounters with multiple Chuckle Brothers and Chris de Burghs, OAP arm wrestling and competes with fellow comedian Marcus Brigstocke in a new potato sports challenge.

Ross Noble, who visited Sunderland as he made his new telelvision programme.

Ross Noble, who visited Sunderland as he made his new telelvision programme.

The six-episode run comes to a close as he makes his own version of Countryfile and attempts to speak Welsh, while his final act of kindness sees him recruit old friends as he embarks on an epic mission across the length of the UK, to help a young boy in need.

•Ross Noble Freewheeling starts at 10pm on Tuesday, March 24.