The pair began their TV careers working behind the scenes, Si as a first assistant director and locations manager for film and television and Dave as a BBC make-up artist specialising in prosthetics. It was on the set of a TV drama that they first met and became friends. The cooks first appeared in front of the camera for their pilot Hairy Bikers series, filmed in Portugal. No strangers to travel before they started working together, the lads embraced the opportunity to seek out new dishes from around the globe when their show took off. The Hairy Bikers.
One half of the most famous cooking duo on TV is doing his own thing, swapping his biker helmet for a hard hat. They're the most famous cooking duo on TV - but one half has revealed how he is looking forward to riding solo, reports the Sunday People. Dave also reveals how he feels his on screen partner Si is lucky to be alive after overcoming a brain aneurism. Dave and Si pair have hosted a string of hit telly cookery shows, written 18 best-selling books together and become national treasures along the way. The Hairy Builder will run nightly for three-weeks on BBC 2 later this month on a date to be confirmed. It was odd being on my own without Si but he wanted some time off and was more than happy for me to go off and do something on my own.
By Judith Woods. Once upon a time, before the 10 television series and the 11 best-selling cookbooks and the national treasure status, a leading, but nameless telly bigwig told the Hairy Bikers that their idea for a foodie show was doomed. Viewers of these sorts of shows want to look at the screen and wish they were you.
The show has since had a string of follow-ups. He lives in Tyne and Wear with his wife and children. I was the second assistant director and Dave was head of prosthetics, hair and make-up. At lunch most of the crew were ordering salads and mineral water at the local pub, while I was having a curry and two pints of larger. When Dave came in he took one look at my lunch and went, "I'll have what he's having!