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Matt Baker and Alex Jones arrive at the seaside town of Portrush in Northern Ireland on day four of their Big Causeway Crawl. Guests include Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney.

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I'm not sitting in it. Anyone who sits in that comes to a sorry end.


You sit in it. No. Hello and welcome to the fourth day


of Big Causeway Crawl. With Stormborn of House Targaryen,


First of her name, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar


and the First men, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi


of the Great Grass Sea, Unburnt, Mother of Dragons,


Breaker of Chains, Queen And if you haven't already guessed,


we have a bit of a Game of Thrones flavour to tonight's show


because it's filmed right here. Spectacular locations and millions


of people from around the world come to see these great places that a


film. We saw some of those on the drive here from Ballycastle. We have


seen so much, we left Ballycastle and went north west and we have


arrived in Portrush and we are at the end of the most beautiful golden


beach. Just behind these people, intriguing little cove. Yes, it is


called Lady's beach. It has a rich history. Earlier you were fully


clothed, but now you are in a swimsuit. Yes, I know. Are you cold?


Yes. It looks like the BBC identifies top you know that little


advert. Good effort. So, Lady's beach will stop popping up -- it was


a popular bathing spot for many years and now it is part of our


bathing club and we meet here most Sundays. , rain and shine, 150


people in the water. Is that right? Yes. Willie, you run the harbour


bar, and they say if we cut you in half it will say Portrush. That is


right. Why is this the best place along the road? This is our Gold


Coast, we have the best golf course and the best beaches and the best


restaurants and the best hotels and the best weather thanks to you,


we'll soon have the best bar in the world. We might drop in later, who


knows? CHEERING The number of golfers that you have


had from here. Well champions, open champions, Masters champions. Fred


Daly from way back, Daryl Clark, not that far back, and a young guy who


is still doing well, Graeme McDowell. They are all doing good.


They have made the most of the finest golf courses in the world.


Definitely. I'm Dennis Taylor. Couldn't be


anywhere nice in the world, beautiful Portrush, one of my


favourite places. Shane Filan, I'm in beautiful Port Stewart playing


golf. Hello, I'm AP McCoy, I hope you are having a great time on the


North course. I'm here playing dreadfully in a beautiful part of


the world. It is very cool to be a part of this. Maybe next year. Yes,


next year. From a game that's played


here to a game that's shot here. Northern Ireland is fast becoming


one of the top places to film in. Thanks to dramas like Game of


Thrones. And one man who knows that more


than most is Belfast actor Nice to meet you. It is nice to be


here. We have spoken about Game of Thrones and the locations, but they


estimate it has brought ?250 million of revenue into the area since 2014,


and they could have picked anywhere in the world but they picked


Northern Ireland. Wider you think they made that decision? -- why do


you. A combination of things, the landscape is fantastic, the


countryside is beautiful, and there is a host of locations above the


ones you have mentioned. Across from here, Castle Rock where they also


filmed. To the east on that road, there is a harbour where they also


filmed, there's a host of locations here. The biggest thing, probably,


is that Northern Ireland and the Norwich -- Northern Ireland


government have decided that the film industry was a budgeting


industry. We have lost traditional industries -- bludgeoning industry.


What is the new go to industry, it seems like film has become it. I


think a lot of thought and work has gone in from the powers that be, I'm


grateful to say, to kind of make this a place where film can be made,


and because we were lucky enough to have the success of not just Game of


Thrones, but in between you, and there is a real belief that this can


get bigger. It is growing all the time. It is definitely a go to


industry. We will talk about that and your plans for the future later


in the programme. Now we will go and visit some of those places which


have inspired the look and feel of the likes of Game of Thrones.


Angela and Joe have been taking a closer look


at some of the locations for Game of Thrones.


Here's their latest Detour in a Delorean.


This is the fourth day of the Big Causeway Crawl, going along in our


DeLorean, of course, and as usual I was in the driving seat with my old


friend Joe as my local guide. I'm taking you to a place which back in


the deep mists of time it was known for its epic power struggles and


battles and warriors and a bit of supernatural stuff. Is it Game of


Thrones? Even better, this is where the real throne is situated. And boy


was he right. Welcome to the fabulous Dunluce, with the Queen of


all the Causeway castles. Shall we leave it open? Yes. Meeting us to


give us an insight into the history, the local aficionado. I love what


you have done with the place. The story of Dunluce Castle, quite


dramatic. If you are talking about the power struggle between rival


families and rebellion and political intrigue, yes, Ulster in the late


medieval period, a good and ology would be Game of Thrones with the


Dragons. -- a good and ology. They started the castle in 1500 and they


imported Scottish mercenaries called the McDonalds. Those are the facts,


but with ruins like this there are always myths and legends. Yes, there


are. We have a resident banshee and there are tales of a mermaid, but


from the archaeological perspective there is a story from 1639 when part


of the castle fell into the sea and it took servants with it. Sounds


like another one of Joe's tall tales, but the real story lies just


below the surface. Dunluce was famous for a fair which was held


annually and after the town was abandoned the fair continued in the


ruins of the buildings and it was shut down in the 19 century because


they could not tell a rate the debauchery that was going on -- they


could not tolerate. We found bits of wine glass bottles and we saw where


people would have set up stalls to sell seafood and a front tooth was


also found in a building. Maybe after a drunken fist night. A heavy


night. Lots going on here, but what is down there? The Rock the castle


is built on is very unusual, there's a massive cave which leads in from


the sea, and I think the McDonalds were bringing arms and supplies from


Scotland and that was the perfect place for them to hide their weapons


from prying English eyes. The descent to the dark depths of


Dunluce was definitely worth the effort. Also known as the mermaid's


cave here. Impressive. Certainly is. Amazing, it looks like a keyhole.


What are we going to see first, smuggler, banshee or mermaid. I'm


going to go with smuggler, I saw some dodgy lads earlier on. It was


then time to go back into the DeLorean to go back to Portrush to


rendezvous with The One Show crew but before we did Joe had one final


surprise for me. Joe Lindsey, you old dog. Yes, the dark edges. You


were playing games all along. What was the point of bringing new here


without taking you to one of the most famous scenes from Game of


Thrones? I probably the only man with a beard in Northern Ireland who


hasn't been in Game of Thrones. It is an outrage. Sort it out!


We were just saying, how stunning the dark edges are, absolutely


beautiful. When you have new cast members to join the cast of Game of


Thrones, would you take them to these beautiful locations? Not just


the ones featured on the programme. Not specifically, but I would say to


people, I'm going to such and such, fancy coming along, and it is hard


not to be proud of the area because it is beautiful, stunning. To write.


I spent my childhood here, as well, so I feel I know it well. My parents


retired here as well so I was here again when they were older. That was


Portrush? Yes, that's where they retired, yes. I think we should see


you in action in Game of Thrones, this is the last clip we could find


you in and we don't want to put any spoilers out there. This is new in


action. I was thinking that your brother made me go down to the


streets will stop why? He liked to meet the people and sing to them. He


sang to them? Yes. They would pick a spot and then they would sing. And


what did you do? I made sure no one killed him. APPLAUSE


How much time did you spend filming in Northern Ireland and how much


were you actually... There were other locations around the world? I


spend very little time here, ironically. Virtually everything I


did in the first season was in the studio in Belfast or in the


countryside, but not up this way, aside from Belfast and County Down,


that was the first year, and then will I came back in year three. --


when I came back. Three was exclusively in Morocco and four and


five were largely in Croatia and occasionally back at the studio in


Belfast and that was it. You were thinking you had a great gig here.


That is right. How much did you know about Game of Thrones? Had you read


the books? Before it started, people were talking about it, and initially


because the title was unusual, people could not get their heads


around it, what does it mean? And then it started and now it is such a


phenomenon that everyone knows what Game of Thrones is. I knew nothing


about it, but as soon as I was cast I was working at a theatre in London


and someone said, I've got the first book, and she brought it in. I


flicked through it, a hundred pages, small print, no pictures, fantasy, I


thought, I'm not sure this is my bag -- 800 pages. It sat on my table for


two weeks but then I thought this was ridiculous, so I started reading


it and I could not put it down. Literally. I started reading it on


the Underground on the way home and then sat at home for two hours and


continued to read. Picked it up the next day and so on. After I had read


the first book I felt, I'm enjoying this, I will read the rest, I was


also self interested, this is a series in which people die and I'm


going to read more, if only to see how long I survived all stop


LAUGHTER I actually survived for five books


and I thought, brilliant. This could go on for a fuse and I could be in


this all the way through. -- I could be -- this could go on for a fuse.


You are also going to be busy at Comic-Con, you will be playing the


great-great-grandfather of Superman. TV. Yes, hopefully that will create


interest. It starts in a month's time, filming in Belfast and also


other studios, built on the northside and we will be baptising


those. As of mid-September. That will begin and we will probably be


at it for about six months. We look forward to watching you in Krypton.


We have some co-stars of yours from Game of Thrones. Having a nap. Very


interested in the interview that has just happened. LAUGHTER


We have enjoyed some very sunny days here in Northern Ireland, but we


have it on good authority that in the rest of the UK the weather has


been less than ideal. You have sent us lots of lovely pictures. This is


Daniel and Rebecca here on holiday in Northern Ireland with manner


whilst mum is working in England. Mum is missing them and wants to say


hello, which is why she sent the photo in.


And this, coupled fishing in Kent. The Dempsey family at Stonehenge on


Monday. Nice! This has come in from Judith


Chalmers and Christine Walkden! For almost 30 years Judith Chalmers


travelled the world to fabulous destinations from Barbados to


Borneo. I was so excited to be told I would be joining Judith on a trip


to her favourite location. Blackpool! LAUGHTER


Seriously?! # Every year when summer comes


around... #. How are you? Very well, thank you.


Why Blackpool Marcello we came as children without parents and it was


a day out at the seaside. What did your mum enjoy best about black --


rattle? She loved to see us get fresh sea air. She said breathe in,


so we could get all that good air from this lovely CE. -- this lovely


sea. The early 50s and a teenage Judith and had younger sister were


on the way to the seaside in the family Morris Minor. It was huge


excitement, we got everything ready the night before. We thought, how


early can we leave? Looking from side to side as we went along,


because we were so anxious to see the tower. Whoever saw the tower


would have an increase in their pocket money. Judith, and don't have


a bet with you, 50p for the first one of us to see the tower. Right


you are. I have happy memories of Blackpool, every year our school


trip was to Blackpool Tower to see the circus. And Myburgh mum used to


bring us every year to see the illuminations, the Golden mile. 50p,


you can keep that! Thank you. Judith, someone chatting to us


wouldn't believe we were both northerners. When did you lose your


northern accent? I didn't have one. I went to elocution lessons.


Children were going to piano lessons of learning the recorder. I started


broadcasting at 13 and my first announcement was at 13, on New


Year's Day, I think it was 1959. I went back into the control room


after I had done the announcement and said, singing, singing, we know


where you come from! LAUGHTER That's all I can say. They are


brilliant these donkeys. What memories have you of them? I wrote


them then but not now! LAUGHTER It wouldn't be Blackpool without the


donkeys. That's what I remember, childhood memories of donkeys,


Blackpool and the tower, it's a package. Yes, but it was easy to get


on when you were little! There's no way... I have to have a good beach


if I want to enjoy a holiday mostly, and this, of course, is the most


amazing example of what a good beach should be.


What associations have you with the ballroom?


I used to do come dancing for the BBC. Personally I used to come with


my parents and my lovely sister, who sadly passed away just over two


years ago. It was a great shock when she died.


She was a great girl and a great friend. She was the first woman to


run a radio station. We were watching things like this, and


enjoying tea with our parents. I'm sure that's probably where my love


of dancing might have started. It looks like Judith has attracted an


admirer! Oh well, shame to waste this lovely spread!


Now it's my turn to sweep her off her feet with this breathtaking view


from the top of the tower. Look at that. Judith, I've had such


a lovely day with you sharing your memories and experiences. What it


has it been like for you Marcello absolutely fabulous. I've had so


many memories from my childhood days. There is really no place like


Blackpool! LAUGHTER Thanks very much to Christine and


Judith. With me now is Kenny Gracey, one of the animal handlers on the


game of thrones. We just saw Hilda, who you bred to look like an Iron


Age pig, she is fast asleep. We have the deer Yana in the corner and Joey


the donkey, who was lovely. The question is, have they all turned


into massive Divas? Very much so! Like china dolls. They are family


pets as much as anything. They have been good to me. Is it right you


have BAFTA winning hens? Yes, we had a short film made and the film won a


BAFTA. Fantastic, thanks for bringing all your animals along.


Wolve has these beautiful wolves. Give us an idea of this magical


breed that we have. These guys are northern Indian, the closest thing


we can get to a wolf without a licence. Tell us a little about


where they live at home. It's quite a nice little pack. They have a sofa


each and a balcony that overlooks the Irish Sea. They have beaches,


golf courses and forests. Thank you so much for bringing them in, they


are beautiful. I'm going to take the dogs for a walk in a second. Back


soon. All across the UK some of our


highest mountains have helped people feel closer to those they have lost.


We asked Jennie Brown to put on her walking boots and go up the


mountains of Mourne, a place that is definitely making memories.


Inspiring CS Lewis to write the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe as


well as being inspiring for songs, the Mourne mountains have left an


inspiring impression on many. Northern Ireland's highest point


also. Something I've always wondered about but never conquered, until


today. You can walk up these days thanks to trials and walkways, but


the 850 metre climb to the top of the point takes a lot of puff.


But persevere and the reward is something pretty special. In fact,


it's so special, people have chosen this spot to leave memorials the


loved ones they've lost. Like Moe. Today I'm eating his best friend,


stonemason, who made the stone. What was he like? A great friend, a very


loyal friend, and we met at school in our early teens and remained firm


friends for 30 years. Maurice died of cancer four years ago, in March.


He was due to be married and I was to be his best man, but


unfortunately he died the day he was to get married. Paul Fenn organised


a track in Maurice's,. Friends and work colleagues or made the effort


to come up here as a tribute to him. What gave you the idea to place a


memorial stone here? We saw Stone 's other people left and we thought it


was very poignant and would like to be part of that tradition. To come


up and leave our own stone here. This trend has spread across the


whole of the UK, from Snowdon to Ben Nevis. And yet, although people


obviously find great comfort in laying the stones, National Trust


Ranger Patrick Lynch is keen to issue a word of warning. Current


policy is to remove them, but people feel a strong ownership of the


mountain. They have to remember it is an area of outstanding National


beauty and an area of conservation, so an area we need to protect. Not


everyone chooses to leave a permanent sign on the mountain. For


others, their memorial is more fleeting and symbolic. Like Joe Bob


Quinn, who has his own way of honouring his eldest son. Carlo was


only 12 when he died suddenly from a rare heart illness on Christmas Eve,


2012. He was a gifted hurler and full of promise. Joel organised a


memorial walk and no less than 500 people turned up. Why do you come?


Being born and raised in Mourne, it's a very High Peak, and that


little higher, he's in heaven and we are closer to him. How did you


attract so many people to come with you on the walk? Through sport


clubs, and it just grew and grew and grew. I think 500 people came, in


the most atrocious weather. It was a feeling of euphoria. People who had


never done this walk before, just decided they were getting to the top


of this mountain for Conal. He was an incredible wee boy, he really


was. Now Conal's family see it is much


more than a mountain. They were happy times within the


saddest of times that we were going through. We can look back and say,


that's the day the community came together, and really pulled us


through. So now Joe comes here to carry out


his own special tradition in memory of Conal. Today, striking the ball


off the end of the mountain, it's something that makes me feel


personally I'm closer to Conal. Thank you to everybody who shared


their stories of remembrance with us. Very upsetting. Yes, very


upsetting. All this week we have been getting gifts for our guests,


Ian, that have been named after Northern Irish craft folk. We wanted


to get you something on the theme of Game of Thrones. Last year we heard


several trees were blown down in Storm Gertrude, then we found this


craftsman who used some of that wood to make some really, really lovely


bits and pieces. Here is Gerard Gray.


Working with wood from the Dark Hedges is always a special


privilege, so I'm going to make something from which myths and


legends can be created. After cutting a rough shape for the wood I


am boring a hole through it. It's a dangerous piece of kit, but it


allows me to cut much finer proportions. And now to make sure it


is mightier than the sword, we must protect it against knocks and bumps,


so we fortify it with a blue. It is finally fit to tell the next legend.


And here is what Gerard has created for Ian, a lovely case, and inside


of course a lovely wooden pen. Isn't that nice? Crewe that is absolutely


beautiful, and given how iconic the Dark Hedges are, that is a very


special gift. Thank you very much. Well, from here we are going to be


moving round to the Giants Causeway, we are almost there! We are indeed.


Join us just before seven o'clock tonight for the -- tomorrow night


for the finale, the Giants Causeway. Bye-bye. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE