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The Hairy Bikers made their name cooking real food for real people. Now they are riding to the rescue of one of our great national culinary treasures - Meals on Wheels. At its height this iconic institution delivered more than 34 million meals to the elderly and infirm, but over the last eight years the number of Meals on Wheels delivered nationwide has plummeted by over a third. For Dave Myers and Si King saving Meals on Wheels is personal: from the age of eight Dave cooked for his poorly mum and Si rallied round to help feed his mother when she fell ill. It taught them the importance of good food in caring for people in need. Spurred on by these early experiences the Bikers' mission takes them on a journey across the country, all the way to royalty.
|S01E01||Episode 1||13/09/2011||The Hairy Bikers visit Welwyn Garden City - the birthplace of Meals on Wheels. David and Simon try some of the frozen food options available and visit a local authority kitchen. They learn what the recipients of the meals really think of the service and how it impacts on their lives. David and Simon work to try and inspire a new generation of helpers to revamp the way the kitchen works.|
|S01E02||Episode 2||20/09/2011||The Bikers discover that there is a dire shortage of volunteers to deliver the meals. The kitchen workers find it hard to deal with the extra workload which has been created by the duo's new menus. A shortage of people to deliver the meals also causes issues and the council bosseswant to see an increase in volunteers if the project is to continue|
|S01E03||Episode 3||27/09/2011||Dave and Si travel to Slaithwaite in Yorkshire, to help a group of inspirational business women set up a hot meals on wheels service from nothing in their local area.|
|S01E04||Episode 4||04/10/2011||Dave and Si hit the capital to spread their message while serving up snazzy snacks.|
|S02E01||Episode 1||04/09/2013||Tonight the Bikers are heading to Elmbridge in Surrey where they worked with the local council to transform their tired menus and recruit desperately needed new volunteers. First stop is the kitchen to discover if the cooks have kept their pledge to prepare delicious menus from scratch and see if they’re still coming in on the strict £1.25 a head budget. The Bikers also want to find out if the number of volunteers has continued to rise or if the service is facing a desperate shortage. There are plenty of old friends to catch-up with, including long-standing volunteer Grace who has recently taken an enforced break from delivering the meals, as well as Mr & Mrs Phillips, a couple who at 88 and 89-years-old respectively both rely on the crucial hot lunches. Si and Dave also hear about a new initiative to deliver meals into the neighbouring borough of Mole Valley, an area where traditional meals on wheels had ceased to exist. The crowning glory is a visit by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, who as an eager supporter of meals on wheels, previously visited Elmbridge to hear about Si and Dave’s work. Now she returns to see how the kitchen and volunteers are faring before helping Si and Dave to deliver the inaugural meals on wheels to Mole Valley. ?Hairy Bikers Meals On Wheels: Back On The Road was co-produced with The Open University.|
|S02E02||Episode 2||05/09/2013||onight they’re heading north to Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire, where Si and Dave helped a team of local volunteers start a brand new meals on wheels from scratch. They want to know if the group has managed to keep the scheme going but when they first arrive they find an ominously empty kitchen. It soon turns out the team has moved to better premises in the local church where Si and Dave find preparations in full swing for the weekly delivery. There’s some sad news about the larger-than-life recipient of the very first meal, 92-year-old Christine Clay, but Si and Dave take comfort after a chat with her daughter, Fran. Spirits are then lifted with the results of a secret survey the Bikers have conducted to discover what the other local old folk make of the meals they get delivered. Just how important the service is to the recipients comes across loud and clear leaving the ladies and Bikers moved and emotional. Si and Dave always wanted other local communities to be inspired to start their very own meals on wheels so they’re thrilled to discover a pub along the valley in Golcar now cooking meals that are delivered by volunteers around the village. In the mood for a celebration they gather friends old and new, including 97-year-old Hilda Clegg, for some slap-up food and a good old dance. ?Hairy Bikers Meals On Wheels: Back On The Road was co-produced with The Open University.|