Robbie Coltrane’s Incredible Britain Rides

On the last leg of Coltrane’s journey, the actor stops at Dent Valley for some Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. It’s a farmers’ sport where male participants wear peculiar embroidered pants – a custom introduced by the Victorians. Coltrane spends time with a farmer’s daughter who dreams of triumphing in the traditionally male arena.

Then, Coltrane drives to Lake Windermere, where he meets the daughter of one of his heroes, Sir Donald Campbell. Find out how Campbell died in a power boat accident and watch as Coltrane tries out a speed boat for himself. The journey continues to Northumbria, which has more castles than any other county in the U.K.

At Chillingham Castle – allegedly the most haunted in England – Coltrane employs some parapsychologists to check the place out. What will the group learn about the castle’s bloodthirsty history? After making his way over the border into Scotland, Coltrane heads to Dumfries and Galloway find out more about one of his family ancestors – blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan.

This inspired relative invented the modern bicycle and Coltrane sets out to make a replica of the bike at the local museum.

For his final stop in Glasgow, he heads to a restaurant that’s involved in the city’s bid to retain the “Curry Capital of Great Britain” title. After quick stint at cooking his own curry, Coltrane enjoys a well deserved meal at his journey’s end.

Sun., June 29 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN

Back on the road, Coltrane stops in the village of Stilton for an eccentric cheese-rolling tournament. Here, fancy dress is obligatory and for the locals, this quintessentially British event is bigger than Christmas.

Then, join Coltrane as he heads west to Burton-on-Trent to meet Rev. Paul Sinclair, a leather-clad biker who operates the world’s only motorcycle funeral service.

Next, travel to Mountsorrel’s granite quarry, one of the biggest holes in Britain. At 10 times the size of Wembley stadium, this quarry is the source of stone for British motorways.

Watch as Coltrane gets the chance to blow a bit of it up on the second leg of his journey.

Next, at the Yorkshire village of Pateley Bridge, step inside the oldest sweet shop in England. With over 200 different kinds of rare sweets in the shop, Coltrane enjoys the delectable treats that have been in production since 1827.

For the final stop on this part of his intriguing journey, Coltrane arrives at the Wray Scarecrow festival, one of Lancashire’s top attractions.

With over 10,000 people visiting each year, local residents come together to make hundreds of scarecrows for the unusual event.

Sun., June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN

After leaving London, Coltrane’s mission to uncover the real heart of Britain begins in High Wycombe where the town’s mayor is weighed on a large pair of scales in front of a braying crowd of locals.

This old tradition began as a way to find out if the Mayor had got fat off the locals’ taxes. Back on the road, Coltrane heads for Gloucestershire, home of the world’s only formation wing walking team.

He meets three brave girls who perform breathtaking stunts while strapped to the wings of bi-planes. Then, it’s off to the Cotswolds, an area renowned for the beauty of its limestone buildings.

Coltrane makes a detour to visit Woodchester Mansion, a gothic restoration project and returns to his art school roots by having a crack at some real stonemasonry.

On one of his last stops, Coltrane witnesses quite possibly one of the most terrifying sports in the country as two entire villages come together at a field to fight each other over a barrel of beer. It’s a no-holds-barred game of rugby with only one rule – there aren’t any.

Sun., June 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN

Put the top down and turn the radio up for the road trip of a lifetime as acclaimed British actor Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter) sets off on an epic quest to discover the true essence of Britain.

Premiering Sun., June 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN, Robbie Coltrane’s Incredible Britain is a charming three-part series that follows the actor as he travels the length of his homeland in a classic 1950’s convertible, shunning busy motorways in favour of winding B-roads.

Getting off the hard shoulder and disposing of the satellite navigation system, Coltrane aims to uncover the exotic natural features, unique characters and intriguing customs that make Britain what it is today.

With a nose for adventure and armed with his inimitable wit, join the actor on a meandering expedition that takes him from London to Glasgow.

Wilfully driving as far off the beaten track as possible, this series uncovers the places that define Britain and the people that make the nation so unique.