It may be the third series of The Dales, but the lure of the Yorkshire countryside is proving as strong as ever with viewers.

More than 3.2 million people tuned in for the latest installment on ITV and ITV1+1, matching viewing figures from previous years. It even beat an episode of hit comedy Miranda shown at 8.30pm on BBC One that same evening, and proved more of a draw than the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.

The latest series of The Dales, hosted by Ade Edmondson, shows the return of some familiar faces, plus some characters new to viewers.

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Following a week’s break, episode three will be aired this evening. This week Ade is in Swaledale to mark the 100th anniversary of the Reeth Agricultural show, where 11-year-old Raven Owen is competing in her first horse riding competition with her mum Amanda. So will there be success for the Owen family?

The Reeth Show also means an emotional time for the Allison brothers from Marske in Swaledale. John, George and Albert will be showing their prize sheep at the show, hoping to win their late father’s memorial trophy in its inaugural year.

Meanwhile Ade Edmondson drops in on the Grassington Players to find out about the important role the theatrical group plays in the local community. But, with a new play to audition for, will Ade have what it takes to secure a part?

Tune in to The Dales on ITV at 8pm.

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