TV Show (2009 - 2014)

Geographer Nicholas Crane journeys around the entire shoreline of the United Kingdom, joined en route by historian Neil Oliver, anthropologist Alice Roberts, archaeologist Mark Horton and zoologist Miranda Krestovnikoff
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Latest Episodes

  • Season 8 Episode 6: All at Sea

    The team examines stories related to the sea. Novice sailor Nick Crane enters the annual one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, while Mark Horton relates a gruesome tale of cannibalism and murder that scandalised Victorian Britain when survivors of an 1884 shipwreck killed a cabin boy and drank his blood to survive. In Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Ruth Goodman investigates the story of the Dutch men who adapted their fishing skills to clear mines laid in the seas around British ports during the Second World War and naval historian Nick Hewitt explores the remains of a First World War German U-boat in the mud of the Medway estuary

  • Season 8 Episode 5: The Secret Life of Sea Cliffs

    The team explores stories linked to sea cliffs around the UK, with Nick Crane visiting East and North Yorkshire coasts to join sea fishermen who have constructed a remarkable ropeway to make the perilous descent to fishing grounds, and examines an ingenious water-powered mechanism that operates the UK's oldest funicular railway at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Tessa Dunlop meets a woman who witnessed the US Rangers practising for the D-Day landings in Normandy, while biologist Sarah Beynon hunts for dung beetles at Ramsey Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire. Archaeologist Cassie Newland rummages through a cliff-top dump at Lyme Regis, Dorset, to look at artefacts of everyday life from the past hundred years, and adventurer Andy Torbet takes part in a night-time exercise with commando recruits

  • Season 8 Episode 4: Rivers and Seas Collide

    The team looks at stories linked to estuaries around the UK. Nick Crane heads to the Firth of Forth to investigate the 'soliton', a rare type of wave that appears to travel endlessly without losing energy or breaking up, while Miranda Krestovnikoff reveals how salmon avoid death by dehydration as they migrate to saltwater. Tessa Dunlop examines a Victorian system on the Thames that relied on the power of the tide to wash London's sewage out to sea, while Mark Horton learns about the struggle to build a rail tunnel under the Severn estuary to connect England and Wales, a challenge that was finally accomplished in 1886. Folk singer June Tabor visits the Somerset village of Brean to explore the superstitions surrounding the burial of sailors who died in shipwrecks

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