The full series to date in one boxset is an ideal purchase. The format remains largely the same from start to finish of providing a half-dozen or so segments in which various presenters look at a stretch of the British coast and then delve deeper to uncover various historical tales, some well-known some less so. Although personal tastes mean that some of the presenters, and their subject matters, are informative and interesting while others are irritating, the fact that another segment comes along soon ensures you never get bored. In fact the series presents a perfect example of how to avoid being dumbed down by presenting just enough interesting detail at a sensible length without being too cloying in the attempt to be educational in a populist way.
The individual series vary slightly in quality. The first was fresh and intriguing and is presented as a complete journey around the whole coast of mainland Britain. The second has the distinct feeling of being filmed at the same time and includes all the bits that were considered to be not interesting enough to be included first time round. Luckily the third series improves greatly by straying further afield to the islands and Ireland and by putting more thought into how the format can be adapted to tell even more stories. And the fourth series spreads the net even further afield to move away from the British Isles with excellent results that suggest the format can continue for a while longer. I hope so.