After boating around with his son in search of local flavours in The Hungry Sailors, the retired Army officer continues to combine his love of engineering, green-living, food and military history, but is perhaps better known for renovating neglected chateaux with wife Angel.


Dick Strawbridge is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, who has since reinvented himself as a television presenter, first on Scrapheap Challenge and Geronimo, and then on series from It’s Not Easy Being Green to Escape to the Chateau, and several guest appearances on Coast.

Dick was an officer in the Royal Signals, noted as the regiment first in to any combat theatre charged with setting up communications and intelligence technology. Whilst still serving in the Army, Dick's family persuaded him to audition for Scrapheap. Thanks to his leadership skills, calmness under pressure, strong personality and engineering experience, Dick was given the role of team leader. He then became the show’s presenter before pursuing his love of the environment and food in other programmes.

An unexpected TV career saw Dick get to the finals of Celebrity Masterchef which turned his Cornish smallholding into a mecca for foodie tourists, as well as those seeking tips on sustainable living and eco-technology. He also presented Coast, The Hungry Sailors, Saturday Farm, (the latter two with his son James) and Crafty Tricks of War. He and his wife Angel have invited cameras into their project to renovate a French chateau, and helped others to emulate their Gallic dream in Escape to the Chateau. He's maintained his interest in engineering, military and the natural world with turns on programmes including The Biggest Little Railway in the World, Britain's Lost Waterlands, and the BBC's commemorations of the 60th anniversary of D-Day.


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