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TV presenter and crew refuel in Poole curry house
TV presenter James May and a film crew popped into an Indian restaurant to fuel up for a hard day’s treasure hunt on a Poole beach.
To the surprise of staff at the family run Taj Mahal 2 in the town’s High Street, he was among a 17-strong party who sat down for a curry.
“As a town we should be proud to have James May, yes Captain Slow, in our town,” said boss’s son Naseem Aziz Miah.
Known by the Captain Slow nickname on Top Gear for his careful driving style, he was equally cautious with his choice of meal, scorning the spiciest dishes and choosing a mild chicken tikka masala, egg fried rice and a garlic naan, said Aziz.
The amiable presenter, journalist and writer, best known for his role as co-presenter of Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, was happy to pose for photos with Aziz. However the following day he was up to his ears in the golden granules at Sandbanks, filming a search for a wedding ring lost more than 30 years ago, for his BBC2 series James May’s Man Lab.
“As part of that series we wanted to look into the idea of finding things that have been lost,” said Helen Richardson, assistant producer for independent production company Plum Pictures, which is making the series.
“James’s dad (also called James) dropped his wedding ring in the sand on Sandbanks beach many years ago. “We returned in force to have a look for it,” she said.
The Mays were on a family holiday when James senior risked the ire of his wife by losing his wedding band.
Those searching for it recently included members of Bournemouth Detecting Club, a digger, professional divers and James May senior – who in the meantime had replaced his lost wedding ring.
“We didn’t find it – but we had a very good search,” said Helen. “If it was down deep enough and didn’t get pushed along, it’s got to be in there somewhere.”
What, if anything, they did find will be revealed when the five-part series is aired in November.