Salford’s co-operative pub The Star Inn is to get five minutes of fame in a BBC Two TV show tonight.
The pub on The Cliff in Higher Broughton was picked by TV producers for the third episode of The Hairy Bikers’ new series ‘The Pubs that Built Britain’.
The Manchester/Salford episode will feature pubs in Middleton and the city centre alongside Salford’s Star.
It goes out on BBC Two at 6.30pm on Wednesday 20 April.
The five-minute segment on The Star sees Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers take on a northern ‘pub crawl’ to uncover historic boozers once at the heart of the city’s industrial revolution.
The Star itself dates back to the 1850s.
It became one of the first community co-operative pubs in Britain when 67 locals bought-in to rescue it in a 2009 takeover.
This Saturday it will celebrate with another mini beer festival.
160 Years of Beer: Salford Star Inn Festival returns
Tonight’s episode starts in Middleton, where King and Myers discover politics, protest and plotting were rife in one of the pub’s back rooms during the early 1800s.
They visit a local brewery to discover when and why beer became popular in Britain and they join a knitting group to find out why their local is so important to the community.
The pair began their TV careers working behind the scenes, Si as a first assistant director and locations manager for film and television and Dave as a BBC make-up artist specialising in prosthetics.
They met and became friends on the set of a TV drama before travelling the world as on-screen chefs.
Speaking to SalfordOnline.com, Star Inn Committee member Rose said: “As a community pub, it’d be great for everyone to come down and watch the ‘Manchester’ episode together, on Wednesday at 6.30pm.
“The episode is likely to feature the story of how our ‘hidden gem’ of a pub became one of the first co-operatively run boozers in the country.
“Join us for a couple of pints together to celebrate our local and its continuing success.”