The Three Drinkers returns to screensBy Alice Brooker
Drinks experts Helena Nicklin and Aidy Smith have unveiled their second TV project, a six-part Amazon Prime series called The Three Drinkers in Ireland.
Nicklin and Smith previously starred in the The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky series in 2019 with Colin Hampden-White, which is available to watch on Amazon Prime.
To make up the third drinker following the departure of Hampden-White, the series will feature Irish wine consultant Beth Brickenden for episodes one to three, and Eulanda Shead Osagiede, an American travel writer, for episodes four to six.
The first three episodes are available to watch from today (17 March) on Amazon Prime to coincide with St Patrick’s Day, with the remaining episodes released by the end of the month.
Nicklin said: “We’ve loved bringing everything together, from the food and drink, to the people, places, culture and tourism of the whole of the island of Ireland.
“We’ve been blown away by the sheer quality of Irish produce too. Ireland is also the perfect country to visit as the world opens up again, thanks to its wide open spaces and easy accessibility – and it’s a great location for lovers of fantastic food and drink to boot.”
The Three Drinkers in Ireland differs to the Scotch iteration in that it explores drinks beyond whiskey, looking at gin, cider and Irish cream too. The team also dives into Ireland’s food scene and take part in activities such as eel fishing and Irish dancing.
Within the series, special guests will include UK drag queen Vanity Von Glow, plus Hampden-White, the original third drinker.
Smith is said to be one of the few TV presenters with Tourette Syndrome worldwide.
He said: “As part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and having faced on-going hurdles due to stigmas associated with Tourette’s throughout my career, I’ve been very keen for us to play our part when it comes to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within the drinks industry.
“We are delighted that our key guests within this series showcase a more inclusive world; it’s a step forward for the trade and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome our incredibly talented third drinkers.”
In 2019, the trio created a blended malt whisky inspired by The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky.
Smith added: “Having been drinks professionals for more than 25 years collectively, we felt it was time to take the leap and speak directly to our audience via the TV screen.
“We’ll be offering them a variety of tips and tricks that they can explore for themselves at home.”