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Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure

Channel 5 at 9:00pm (Other show times...)

Rory and Paddy‘s Great British Adventure

Comedians Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuinness (pictured) conclude their road trip around the UK in search of strange but quintessentially British sporting events.

In the final episode of the series, the duo head to Ringwood, Hampshire to take part in the Pedal Car Grand Prix. Using just human power, Paddy and Rory race against each other and dozens of locals in a gruelling endurance event. And just when things are becoming especially chaotic, Paddy compounds the mayhem by pinching Rory's car.

The next stop is Eton, home to one of Britain's top public schools, where the lads take each other on at Eton Fives. This curious game, invented at the school, is a bit like squash - but played with hands instead of racquets.

For this week's individual event, Rory goes to Dorset and attempts to break the Stinging Nettle Eating world record. This particularly painful challenge turns Rory's tongue black as he munches away on the leaves alongside the enthusiastic local devotees.

Paddy, meanwhile, travels to Canterbury to check out a bizarre pub sport called Bat and Trap. Thought to be related to cricket, the game is taken very seriously by the two local teams. Paddy rolls up his sleeves and enters the fray after being given a crash course in the rules by a friar.

Reunited in Cornwall, the pair get training for a bout of Cornish wrestling. This ancient sport is said to be related to Far Eastern martial arts, and is more like karate than the theatrical wrestling of the West.

Rory, however, prefers brain over brawn and succeeds in wriggling out of the actual fight, leaving Paddy - a black belt in karate - to confront a replacement. Unfortunately for Paddy, Rory's stand-in is a huge, muscle-bound beefcake who recently came second in the regional championships.

The last challenge of the boys' trip is a Pilot Gig race at Newquay. This team sport - one of the fast growing activities in the West Country - involves rowing a traditional six-oar gig boat. There's everything to play for as this final battle will decide the overall winner of the series.

So will Rory battle through, or will Paddy conquer his rival?

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