Isle trial for TV show

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 

Isle trial for TV show

An episode of the Channel 4 show A place in the Sun: Home or Away is being filmed on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

A TEAM from the long-running Channel 4 series A Place in the Sun: Home or Away, will be filming on the Isle of Wight this week.

The team will be focussing on the dilemma of a couple trying to decide on whether to relocate to the Isle of Wight or Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands.

Filming is due to finish on the Island on Thursday.

"Neil wants all year sun and Steph wants to stay in the UK and enjoy the lifestyle the Isle of Wight has to offer," said a researcher for the programme.

Island v Island

Fuerteventura

The second largest of the Canary Islands with the longest beaches, making it very popular with tourists since the first hotel was built in 1965.

Location:

Atlantic Ocean, 62 miles off the coast of North Africa

Size:

641sq miles, 62 miles north to south and 19 miles east to west

Temperature:

Average temperatures ranging from 15C in winter to 28C in summer

Population:

103,167 in 2005

Wildlife:

Home to one of only two surviving populations of the Canarian Egyptian Vulture

Isle of Wight

Recognised by travel guide Lonely Planet as one of the best places in the world for cycling, the Island is also home to the award-winning Isle of Wight and Bestival Music Festivals. Regularly it is also one of the sunniest places in the UK.

Location:

The Solent, around half a mile from the mainland (between Hurst Castle and Fort Albert)

Size:

148 sq miles, 23 miles east to west and 13 miles north to south

Temperature:

Average temperatures ranging from 3C in winter to 21C in summer

Population:

138,000 in 2011

Wildlife:

Home of one of the UK’s last remaining red squirrel populations

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