Can Barney finally ‘break’ Dad Bradley?

Monday: Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad; (ITV, 8pm)

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 7th February 2021, 5:00 pm
Bradley Walsh paragliding from the top of Monte Baldo over the picturesque Lake Garda
Bradley Walsh paragliding from the top of Monte Baldo over the picturesque Lake Garda

Barney Walsh continues his mission to frighten the life out of his dad – and Bradley his quest to perpetually embarrass the lad with his dad jokes – throughout Europe, this week touring Italy and taking a trip to picturesque Lake Garda.

Bradley gets the perfect vantage point to enjoy the views, when Barney takes him paragliding – providing, of course, Brad can keep his eyes open after the take-off which involves running off the top of Monte Baldo, a nearby mountain.

The next day involves a boat trip, but any ideas involving a leisurely cruise about the lake taking in the scenery are quickly banished from Bradley’s mind when he sees the vessel in question – a Formula One speedboat.

“You won’t believe it, he drives this boat right, on the water, it is Formula One, but on water,” said Bradley, recalling the ordeal.

“I’m not joking, he turns and when you turn a boat, its not like turning a Formula One car, when you turn a boat it is like you are skidding across and bricking it.

“Honestly, I think you are doing like a hundred and seventy kilometres per hour on the water of this river that was laden with logs and shrapnel because there had been a hurricane.

“It was nerve jangling stuff.”

While we viewers undoubtedly tune in for the hair-raising activities, the appeal for the father-and-son duo lies elsewhere.

Speaking ahead of the third series’ launch last year, Bradley was asked about his highlights, replying: “For me, I mean the activities aside, yeah we do amazing activities, that I would never do if we weren’t doing the show, but the highlights for me are just sitting in the RV with dad, driving to places and chatting about things, having that quality time and you know singing songs.

“There is this kind of recall for me when I look back and think wow, those are really fond memories and they always will be.”

His dad concurs.

“Yeah, I love just seeing different places,” said Bradley.

“I’ve never been to Holland, I though Holland was great, or you know the Netherlands and then we went to Germany, the sausage dude, I loved it!

“I loved all that, meeting different people, it was just amazing.

“I just love meeting these amazing people and characters”.

Among the characters they make the acquaintance of this week is opera superstar Andrea Bocelli, who invites the Walshes to take a tour of his glamorous home.

Prior to dreaming up this programme three series ago, Bradley would spend every holiday on the same lazy, golden beaches in Portugal, but these days he’s as likely to be found up a climbing wall than on a sun lounger.

It just goes to show that there is great fulfilment to be found in trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone.

Plus, it’s great fun to watch!

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