Extraordinary Escapes on ABC TV – National treasure and walking Encyclopaedia Sandi Toksvig ventures to the Republic of Ireland for the first episode in this new series.

On this Emerald Isle adventure, she’s joined by award-winning Stand-Up comedian, Hollywood actor and Marathon running dynamo Eddie Izzard. The trip leaves plenty of time for relaxation, laughter and revealing conversation. Sandi guides the multitalented star to three breath-taking holiday hideaways in County Clare, Kerry and Cork, and the pair bond over home-made apple crumble and fishing rods.

Their first retreat in rural County Clare is a mini modern marvel called ‘Teeroneer’. Full of clever design tricks, this unconventional, prize-winning property is clad in timber and boasts an Extraordinary Escapes First – a sunken kitchen that Sandi just has to cook in, and Eddie has to put her foot in!

From there, the Irish getaway continues in the extraordinary ‘Ark Ranch Treehouse’. Hand-built by one woman, it’s crammed with beautifully crafted detail, invoking an overwhelming sense of childhood adventure which utterly charms Eddie and Sandi.

Their Emerald Isle adventure is rounded up in truly spectacular scenery. Nestled in the mountains and lakes of county Kerry, the stylishly cosy ‘Lost Cottage’ casts its spell over them both. A classic fusion of old and new this remote rental is the jumping off point for Eddie’s very first fishing trip. Steeped in the very essence of wild and remote Ireland, this final location leaves Sandi and Eddie breathless.

Production credit: Filmed in the Republic of Ireland for Channel 4 Television

Extraordinary Escapes – Thursday 10 August, 2023 at 8:30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview

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