Sunday evening saw the island on the tele as Adrian Chiles’ visit for BBC Countryfile was finally aired.

The section of the show looks at the ‘quirky’ history of the countryside of the British Isles. What the BBC call quirky, we call deadly serious and we have the Moddey Dhoo to back us up on that.

While on the island, Adrian showed he’d been putting the hours in by introducing viewers to the island with his own uniquely Brummy take on Manx Gaelic.

He said (in English because I can’t write Manx): ‘For today’s adventure, we are in the middle of the Irish Sea. Although its not very big, there is plenty to see (hopefully it was the island he was talking about here).’

During the show, viewers were introduced to Manx culture, language and history through a walk round Peel Castle with Jo Dalgleish (incorrectly introduced as Nicola Tooms) in typical Manx weather.

Moddey Dhoo

As we all know Peel Castle is haunted by the Moddey Dhoo and Jo told Adrian the story many of us were told during school visits of the foolish drunken guard who said he wasn’t afraid of the dog so went of the guardhouse alone, only to be followed by dog and so petrified he didn’t speak for three days before he eventually died.

Hello Little People

As part of his quick tour of the island, Adrian also took a trip up South Barrule with Chloe Shimmin and Michelle James AKA Hello Little People.

Chloe and Michelle told Adrian about the rent Manx people are meant to be pay to Manannan. Each year, we’re meant to take green rushes to him on the Mountain of South Barrule on Midsummer Eve, fortunately Culture Vannin usually have us all covered on that one.

They also explained that Manannan uses his cloak, which we call fog, to protect the island from invaders, or in the case ruin the scenery shot for a BBC film crew.

Commenting on the weather, Adrian thanked Chloe and Michelle for taking him to the top of South Barrule which he said was a ‘beauty spot’. He jokingly added: ‘I am absolutely underwhelmed completely, I’ve traipsed uphill, freezing temperatures, wind, driving rain, to pay tribute to a god I hadn’t heard of half an hour ago.’

You can watch the entire visit on BBC iPlayer by going to Sunday’s show and skipping to just about the 40 minute mark.