Jason Manford and Freddie Flintoff go “excessive tenting” for ITV

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ExclusiveSunday July 17, 2022 at 11:10 am by Jay Richardson

  • Jason Manford and Freddie Flintoff have directed ‘Two Men And A Tent’ for ITV, an ‘extreme camping’ travelogue filmed in North Wales
  • As part of the trip, the two abseiled down a cliff and spent the night secured to the cliff face
  • “It was an experience … I would never do again or recommend to a friend,” Manford said. “But I enjoyed it”

All round at Mrs. Brown’s. Picture shows L to R: Jason Manford, Andrew Flintoff

Jason Manford has directed an ‘extreme camping’ travelogue for ITV with Freddie Flintoff, the British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

Two Men And A Tent was filmed in North Wales at locations such as Snowdonia National Park, the market town of Ruthin and Holyhead Harbour, where the couple abseil and sleep on a cliff overnight.

“I didn’t turn a blind eye,” admitted Manford, who was also spotted climbing Mount Snowdon with Flintoff and a film crew last month, posting several photos of the trip to his Instagram page.

He told listeners on his Absolute radio show that former cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff “slept in” while they were belayed at the ledge. “He loved it!”

Still, there were “bird sounds you’ve never heard in your life,” he continued. “Frightening birds. You have to lie on your back because you’re strapped in so you can’t get your sleeping bag over your shoulders.

“So it’s freezing. Loud. These birds were calling out like shag and chuff, which was funny at one o’clock in the afternoon and isn’t funny now. They don’t laugh at the shag or the chuffs, let me tell you. And it was About two hours dark, one o’clock dark, four o’clock light again. Unbelievable.

“Definitely it was an experience…I would never do again or recommend to a friend. But I enjoyed it.”

Two Men And A Tent is directed by Marcus Liversedge (British As Folk, Almost Royal) for South Shore (Home Alone With Joel Dommett), who has directed several shows with Flintoff, including the BBC One documentaries Freddie Flintoff: Living With Bulimia He spoke about suffering from the eating disorder and now Freddie Flintoff’s Field Of Dreams, in which the ex-pro puts together a cricket team from underprivileged teenagers who had never played the game before.

A league of its own. Picture shows, L to R: Jack Whitehall, Jason Manford, Andrew Flintoff

Both Manchester City fans Flintoff made guest appearances on ITV’s short-lived entertainment series The Nightly Show in 2017 when Manford hosted and the duo were booked as guests on All Round To Mrs Brown in 2018 (pictured above). Manford later appeared in a 2012 episode of Sky’s panel show A League of Their Own, in which the late cricket legend Shane Warne threw bowling balls at Manford’s penis while he was strapped to a spinning wheel.

Manford told his absolute audience that he had known Flintoff “for a long time.” “But I don’t know him well.

When he got the call to shoot Two Men And A Tent two weeks before filming, having just been camping with his family in North Wales, “I suspect someone got off,” he speculated.

“In my head I’m thinking, who’s going to do this? It must be Paddy [McGuinness]jamie [Redknapp] or Roman [Ranganathan]!”