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Britain's Best Drives

Peter Walker (right, with his wife Rhoda and Richard Wilson in Goathland

Heartbeat fans all know that the period motor cars which appear in the series are a major part of its charm; so naturally Peter Walker (Nicholas Rhea) was invited to participate in a TV documentary series in which Richard Wilson (Victor Meldrew of One foot in the Grave) retraced the routes of motorcar rides from a guide book published in the 1950's. In the course of the series, Wilson was seen driving several different models of 1950s cars through Snowdonia, the Lake District, Scarborough, Whitby, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond - in Scotland, for example, drives a Bentley.

Rhoda Walker told us:"I think the idea is to contrast pleasure driving in the 50's with driving today. Richard Wilson talked to Peter about policing in the 50's. Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of him in the Morris Traveller as they had taken it off on a low loader before we got there!" The first - Yorksire - episode of Britain's Best Drives was shown on Thursday 19th February on BBC4; you can read more about it on the BBC web site.

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Heartbeat in Bloom

Heartbeat was really winning bouquets in 2005: Scarborough Borough Council chose "Heartbeat" as the theme of their entry to the RHS National Flower Bed Competition (between 20th and 24th July). The design, entitled Only a Heartbeat Away depicts the wild beauty of the Yorkshire Moors and the fact that they are only a step away from the superb Yorkshire coastline. The flower bed shows typical features of the Yorkshire countryside, with a stile, carpet bedded stonewalling and carpet bedded figures, leading down towards the Yorkshire coastline's golden sands.

Nicholas Rhea with the prize-winning Heartbeat Garden
Nicholas Rhea and his wife visited the show, and were delighted to learn that the flower bed had won a gold medal. Nicholas Rhea remarked:
"I was impressed by the realistic portrayal of aspects of Heartbeat Country, in particular the sheep, authentic dry stone walling, smout-hole, and stile. Scarborough Borough Council is to be congratulated and the gold medal is thoroughly deserved."

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