A father-of-nine went from living in a terraced home to a luxury mega mansion with 17 bathrooms thanks to his £40million fortune.

Mike McComb made his millions as a mobile phone entrepreneur before eventually selling his company to BT Cellnet in 2000.

And from his fortune, the businessman upgraded to a luxury property - featuring a grand, freestanding staircase, eight bedrooms, an astonishing 17 bathrooms and a gym.

The mansion was built two years ago and has won awards for its design and creation.

Mike, from Formby, Merseyside, will show off his mansion to presenter Adrian Chiles this Friday in new show, Our Coast.

After telling Adrian Chiles he has nine children – seven of whom still live at his Firwood Hall home – the presenter asks him: “Are you Roman Catholic by any chance?” Mike replies: “I am, I am!”

Firwood estate, which is owned by businessman Mike McComb

Then, during a walk on Formby beach, Mike tells Adrian and Mehreen why the coastline means so much to him: “It’s memories for as long as I can remember. Nothing’s changed here, thankfully. It’s amazing – where you’d go as a schoolkid with a gang of mates, your bike and your butties.

“I am just so proud to live here now, from riding up on your bike and spending your summer holidays here as a kid.”

Mike, who was born in a two-up, two-down in Bootle, also has a place in Marbella, but asked which he likes best, tells Adrian: “It’s always great to come home and this is home.”, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Formby Beach in Merseyside - where Mike grew up

The series will focus on four stretches of coastline around the Irish Sea – taking in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and the opening episode is a brilliant advert for the Mersey coast, and those who live and work on it.

The series begins with Adrian climbing aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 at the Pier Head, talking to some of its passengers and then witnessing the liner’s leaving of Liverpool – complete with Katumba band and firework display: “Liverpool has done the old girl proud here,” says Adrian, “What a send-off!”

Viewers will also see historian Emma D’Abiri tell the famous story of the Viking ship thought to be buried under the car park at the front of The Railway pub on Birkenhead Road, Meols.

Taking in the view of Cunard Queen Mary 2 on the Liverpool waterfront

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 Intriguing evidence was discovered several decades ago but, Emma explains, a full excavation would cost around £6m – and up to a year.

But if funding can one day be secured, Emma says it could lead to one of the most significant Viking finds of the last 100 years.

Back in Formby, meanwhile, environmental scientist Tara Shine – who tells viewers: “This is a remarkable stretch of coastline” – discusses the threat of coastal erosion.

It is estimated that the Sefton coastline is retreating three metres a year, but Tara learns how the area’s sand dunes are acting as a natural means of protection.

*Our Coast begins this Friday, February 7, at 8.30pm on BBC2.