Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

If I Were to Choose My Perfect Day, It'd Be Back Home ; as Her New Show about Her Homeland Hits Screens, Irish TV Presenter Christine Bleakley, 36, Talks Star-Gazing, Dolly Parton and Guinness with MARION MCMULLEN

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

If I Were to Choose My Perfect Day, It'd Be Back Home ; as Her New Show about Her Homeland Hits Screens, Irish TV Presenter Christine Bleakley, 36, Talks Star-Gazing, Dolly Parton and Guinness with MARION MCMULLEN

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What was it like going back to Ireland for the new series? We had the best time. Really, I had to remind myself I was there to do a job. It was a lovely, lovely experience.

The Wild atlantic Way the longest a coast road in the world so there were a lot of miles and some beautiful scenery on the way. We had great weather... apart from two days of rain. I just hope we've managed to do the country justice.

Wild Ireland sees you driving, biking, swimming, hiking and kayaking along the coastline. Any scary moments? I TRIED coasteering which involved jumping off a 30ft cliff. I thought beforehand, 'how bad can it be? It's not that high,' but, honestly, if the cameras had not been there I probably would not have done it.

It was just at that stage I couldn't back out. There have been moments filming programmes in the past when I think, 'What have I done?' but I'm always really pleased when I succeed.

I also climbed the famous Croagh Patrick, which is a famous hike, and it was one of the toughest things I've ever done.

They say you will go straight to heaven if you climb the mountain three times... so I'm a third of the way there.

Was your fiance footballer Frank Lampard able to join you? Not when I was filming because it was not possible with our schedules.

he would have liked to have tagged along though.

We were actually there recently for a weekend. I love to go back to my home. I go back to the bedroom I had when I was growing up. I just switch off completely when I'm there.

So are you a Guinness drinker? (Laughs) I never really had the chance when I was filming because I was driving on my own, but it was always on offer. I was told a lot of people drink it now with a little bit of blackcurrant. I'm sure guinness drinkers will think that's a barbaric thing to do, but it sounds nice.

What was one of the best experiences? VISITING the dark sky Reserve. It is one of only three locations in the world that is free of light pollution.

You walk out into the middle of a field and when you turn off your torch you can't see your hand in front of your face. …

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