Not a lotta Costa for Kintyre reality TV star

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By Mark Davey

A couple with a dog named Ceilidh led a  BBC film crew on a merry dance for BBC daytime show ‘Getaway for Winter.

Greer and Keith Abendroth from Campbeltown and their dogs Venture and Ceilidh star in the BBC 1 afternoon show at 3.45pm next Friday March 2.

This final episode of a  15-part series, narrated by Gloria Hunniford,  follows Keith and Greer as they work out how to spend the winter in the sunshine for the same money as it costs to live at home.

By swapping sleet and snow for sand and heat the premise is that the sun seekers will change their lives by renting a piece of paradise abroad.

Greer, 72, drew the short straw and remained at the couple’s Loch View Avenue home while Keith, 75, jetted off to Fuengirola with a pair of cameramen and a pocketful of free Euros to meet mysterious Iranian, Spanish property specialist, Ali from Norwich.

Back in Kilkerran Road, Greer was filmed walking the dogs and going about her daily life by Laura Kingwell, of Friel Kean Productions, who had a working holiday based at the Craigard hotel.

Keith said: ‘We received an email from a website named Be on Screen asking for people looking to get away in the winter.

‘Majella McNeaney from the production company wanted to do a video interview for selection and, my being very technical, I had to get my mate Duncan Lowrie to help set it up.

‘We told them we had not been away for three years.

‘I flew out on December 17 from Prestwick with cameraman Andy Chambers. Another cameraman, who was also the Spanish side producer/director, Chris Greenwood flew in from Manchester.

‘It was a nice hotel but a tough schedule of filming, from nine to five each day, during which time I was shown four potential rental properties but none were dog friendly.’

Greer said: ‘The biggest problem for us would be getting out dogs there as they would need pet passports costing £200.

‘Practically we would need to drive and that would take a weekincluding ferries, it would not be worthwhile.

Keith added: ‘It was a great trip, experience and a laugh.’

Greer and Keith Abendroth with their dogs Venture and Ceilidh. 25_c08abendroth01_Greer_and_keith