Coast Series 1 (13 Parts)

Synopsis
Geographer Nicholas Crane presents a 13-part journey around the coast of the United Kingdom, uncovering stories that have made us the island nation we are today. He is joined by a historian, an anthropologist, a zoologist and an archaeologist. "The coast is where the story of a nation - its history, geography and above all, its people - is told most vividly," says Nicholas Crane,
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2005
Year of production
2005
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 22 July 2005.
Subjects
Archaeology; Geography; History
Keywords
British Isles; coastlines; ecology; history of Britain; physical geography; social geography

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
686 minutes
Year
2005

Sections

Title
Dover to Exmouth
Synopsis
The first leg of the journey travels 330 miles along the south coast of England from Dover to Exmouth. It is the UK’s frontline coast, and is pockmarked by a legacy of invasion and war.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Exmouth to Bristol
Synopsis
The second leg of the journey covers the 384 miles from Exmouth to the tip of Land’s End and back up to Bristol.
The south west peninsula of England bears the brunt of the UK’s worst storms, and is the land of wrecks, vanished villages and ancient myths. It is also home to many childhood holiday memories and the summer surf.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Severn Estuary to Aberystwyth
Synopsis
Covering 460 miles of the Welsh coastline, this programme heads west from the Severn estuary down to the tip of St David’s Head and then back up to Fishguard. Nicholas Crane sees the dramatic Severn Bore before moving on to the coast of South Wales, which has the world’s second highest tidal range.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Aberystwyth to the Wirral
Synopsis
This programme goes around the Welsh coastline, discovering the story of how two great bridges were built across the treacherous Menai Straits. Alice Roberts explores the biggest prehistoric copper mine in the world, and Neil Oliver unearths a remarkable Welsh Atlantis
Duration
60 mins

Title
Liverpool to Carlisle
Synopsis
This leg of the journey goes from Liverpool to the Scottish Borders. At Lytham St Anne’s, Nicholas Crane explores the events of the UK’s worst lifeboat disaster when 27 men died in 1886, a tragedy which helped to forge the modern RNLI. Neil Oliver experiences the dangerous quicksands of Morecambe Bay.
Duration
60 mins

Title
The Northern Ireland Coast
Synopsis
This leg goes from Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland. Nicholas Crane cycles the 23 miles of Antrim’s Coast Road, a journey that cuts through some of the darkest moments of Irish history. Neil Oliver unlocks the secrets of Belfast’s most famous ship - the Titanic.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Solway Firth to Skye
Synopsis
This leg goes along Scotland’s west coast. On the yacht Crunneaig, Nicholas Crane discovers why this diverse coastline makes for some of the most exciting sailing in the world. Alice Roberts finds a new pride on the River Clyde as she joins the launch of the warship, the Cardigan Bay.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Outer Hebrides to Orkney Islands
Synopsis
This leg goes from the most northwesterly point of the British mainland, Cape Wrath, to Wick near John O’Groats. Nicholas Crane joins the crew of the Stornoway coastguard and feels the full impact of the storms that hit the Hebrides. Neil Oliver travels with WW2 veterans to Scapa Flow in Orkney.
Duration
60 mins

Title
John O’Groats to Firth of Forth
Synopsis
This programme travels down the east coast of Scotland starting at John O’Groats, stopping at Cruden Bay to look at the impact the discovery of North Sea oil made 35 years ago and to find out what lies ahead as stocks diminish. Miranda Krestroffnikoff meets the most northerly population of bottle-nosed dolphins.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Berwick to Whitby
Synopsis
This programme travels along England’s north east coast, uncovering the violent past of Berwick and retracing the footsteps of Irish monks who played a big role in rejuvenating Christianity in England. Mark Horton visits Bamburgh Castle, while Alice Roberts embarks on a project to rebuild Britain’s oldest house.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Robin Hood’s Bay to King’s Lynn
Synopsis
This programme starts in Robin Hood’s Bay, retracing the steps of 18th century smugglers, then travels through Grimsby to discover what’s next for the fish finger. Mark Horton takes to the Humber in a replica of Europe’s oldest boat and Alice Roberts visits Ravenscar, site of Britain’s first chemical industry.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Hunstanton to Dover
Synopsis
This programme travels around East Anglia, a stretch of coast fighting a constant battle to survive the pounding seas, and meets a modern day King Canute. Alice Roberts finds evidence of our ice-age landbridge to Europe, while Neil Oliver uncovers an eye-witness account from the heart of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Coast - the Summary
Synopsis
Nicholas Crane concludes his journey around the coast of the UK by paying homage to the diverse people and sights he’s seen, and looks ahead to see how our coast is going to change. Miranda Krestovnikoff discovers which animals will be the winners and losers and Mark Horton opens the book on who owns the coast. Alice Roberts investigates how the coast could become Britain’s powerhouse with wind turbines dominating the skyline.
Duration
60 mins

Production Company

Name

Open University

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

E1 Home Entertainment

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Open University Worldwide

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