The Hairy Builder

Roker Lighthouse

Series 1 - Episode 11 Roker Lighthouse



"It's brilliant, isn't it?" says Dave Myers, sounding more like Paul Whitehouse's Brilliant character on The Fast Show than could possibly be accidental. His weekday building restoration show has reached Sunderland, where the harbour entry is guarded by 112-year-old Roker Lighthouse on its 600m pier.

The lighthouse had fallen into disrepair, but is being lovingly restored - replica brass handrail, tongue-and-groove panelling and all. Myers spares us no inconsequential detail, then learns about the ingenious tunnel that runs through the pier to connect the lighthouse to the shore in all weathers. He also tries his hand at operating a monster 350-ton crane in the port: “It’s a belter, isn’t it?”


Dave Myers helps restore Sunderland's Roker Pier and lighthouse, discovering the perils of restoring a round building and climbing to the very top to polish the lantern.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dave Myers
Executive Producer Danielle Lux
Executive Producer Michelle Heeley
Executive Producer Murray Boland
Series Producer Colin Rothbart