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The world's waters are vital to global trade. Ninety percent of the world's trade is moved by sea, more than 10 million cargo containers are moving across the world's oceans at any one time, yet it is the least policed environment on the planet. It is in this vacuum that today's pirates flourish, seizing vessels to order, holding hostages for massive ransom fees and using extreme violence. Today's pirates are armed to the teeth with knives, heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and sophisticated radio systems, meaning that pirates are the key players in a multi-million dollar business increasingly seen as one of the biggest, yet least publicised, threats to global security!
Over the three fascinating episodes Ross joins the crew of the Royal Navy HMS Northumberland and meets Somali pirates, showing what the worlds mariners face each and every day as well as explaining the causes of, and dispelling the myths surrounding one of modern day’s greatest political and criminal problems.
Ross Kemp In Search Of Pirates sees the man himself climbing aboard the HMS Northumberland, and his follows the crew of the ship as they traverse vast oceans in search of one of the deadliest human threats on the planet. It’s the natural follow-on from Ross Kemp On Gangs, with his adventures moved onto water.
As you’d expect, Ross Kemp In Search Of Pirates doesn’t shirk confrontation, and across the three episodes of the series, that are all gathered together here, Kemp encounters Somali pirates, digging into the stories that led them to where they are. Given the two dimensional coverage that the issue generally gets, it’s interesting to see someone actually making an effort to explore things in more depth.
And it makes for compelling television. Kemp once more is an excellent guide, and better than you might give him credit for if you’ve not seen one of his shows before. The only problem of note is that it takes some time to realise the programme’s title, but it’s still an interesting journey to take, and leaves you wondering and receptive to Mr Kemp’s next adventure. --Jon Foster