What was Top Gear’s James May doing in Hunts?

TV PRESENTER James May paid a visit to Fenstanton to test-ride a souped-up vehicle with a difference.

TV PRESENTER James May paid a visit to Fenstanton to test-ride a souped-up vehicle with a difference.

Just don’t expect his Swiss Army bike to turn up on Top Gear any time soon.

He washed the windows of the King William IV pub during filming for the second series of Man Lab, the BBC2 programme in which the loud-shirted one from Top Gear sets about rediscovering some of man’s lost skills.

In the episode filmed last Friday (July 29), May customises a humble mountain bike to become an all-purpose “Swiss Army bike”, complete with window-cleaning attachments, saw sharpening grinding wheels under the saddle, screwdrivers jammed into the handlebars and, of course, a front-mounted dynamo-powered blender.

In the first series, May and his team tried their hand at defusing a WWII bomb, learned to navigate by the stars and serenaded a potential date – and spent more than a little time in the pub.

Producers said viewers would need to tune in to discover the bike’s full potential, but said they had chosen Fenstanton for its trial run because of its picturesque surroundings.

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Man Lab is provisionally scheduled to air later this year.

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