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We're off on our travels with two of Sky's Lancashire hotshots

By Billy Weir

Lancashire. Home of proper football teams, red roses, hot pots, Corrie, Les Dawson, industrialisation, fish and chips, drunken hens and stags in Blackpool, the list goes on.

Two more to add are Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff and Gary 'not Phil' Neville, the latter being from Bury which is technically in Greater Manchester but for the purposes of the headline above he is from Lancashire.

Anyhow, both North West heroes were the subject of special programmes on Sky this week, Flintoff reunited with his pal Rob Penn for Freddie Down Under, the follow up to their travels around the UK in a chip van.

"Their friendship forged in chip fat survived," narrator Jim Carter told us. "They've decided to take on a new quest that will leave them battered for good - to take barbecue to the Australians."

This is a flimsy premise on which to base a six-part show, but then again A League of Their Own has been running for 11 series with the same jokes every week and the mission to make Freddie say naughty words whenever possible.

Thankfully he rose above this on the new show, when asked what he would say if someone said 'Australia' to him.

"Cricket, kangaroos, beaches, shark and bush," he said. Cue much sniggering, but he meant outback and that's where we were heading, as the pair got to experience being ranch hands in one of the world's most deserted spots, a bit like watching county cricket in Lancashire.

The thing about Flintoff, and Ian Botham before him, like the beefy beasts he was wrestling he is a rare breed Down Under, an Englishman that they like, to such an extent that he won their version of I'm A Celebrity, which he put into context.

"Money. There's no other reason you'd do that. I didn't go on a personal voyage or to try and find myself, I wanted a new kitchen," he said. And now he has it, he's off to barbecue in Australia.

It promises to be a bit of a ripper, as was a special look at Neville's life in The Pundit, where we followed him in the 48 hours around the Merseyside derby last month.

The show came alive when he was united with sparring partner Jamie Carragher, following the pair as they made their way to Man City's ground (I refuse to call it the Etihad Stadium) where Neville stopped to meet some fans.

"He doesn't usually do autographs, he's just doing it because there's a documentary," Carra chortled, but for them there was no barbecue, just a visit to McDonald's with Sky reporter Geoff Shreeves.

"What is it you want?" he was asked by Neville.

"Is there anything that doesn't involve bread?" he quizzed.

"You can go for nuggets or Chicken Selects," Nev replied.

"What's the difference?" asked the now seven-year-old Shreeves.

"Nuggets are smaller, Selects are like a fake Kentucky really." Now that's punditry.

Sky, get Nev and Carra on a road trip, let's call it Nev and Jamie's Carra-van Capers, a six-part series going around Lancashire. If you don't do it, Channel Five will.

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