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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I have always loved the coast, staring out to sea. My parents always took me on holiday to the coast around Britain, from Lands End to John O'Groats. A love that has always stayed with me, these days I take every opportunity to visit the coastline, with my little one. This series has opened my eyes to more splended sights that I will now make it my goal to visit. The passion that Nick Crane and his colleagues feel for their subject it so intense, you can't help but feel it leap out of the screen at you. If you enjoy Britain and it's amazing natural sights, this will really light a fire under you. My little three year old loves this series and will happily sit glued to it for hours, if given the chance!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
I was expecting a better , more interesting, informative documentaries after reading all the 5 star reviews for "The Coast" series before i decided to purchase this. Unfortunately it seems to have bits of interesting documentary thrown in with 60 percent or more "reality filler TV show" type of "stuff" too. Such as cooking crabs or about how a lady takes care of lost baby seal..and nurses it back to health.etc with reality tv show types of presentation and commentary , opinion a bit too. I really found a difficult time staying interested in what seemed like lots of "filler" material ..and not enough about history, geography etc of the places being supposedly viewed (which was really a lost chance for a great idea for a informative documentary). I also didnt care much for Neil Oliver either..his "style" gets pretty old quickly..(although he must be pretty popular to have now starred in several documentaries..none of which i liked really either..and seemed too "fluffy".)

It does have historical information about some of the regions and interesting information about the cities towns, and regions..and does have nice camera footage of many of the regions..the problems i have with "The Coast" series are 1. the seeming 60 percent "filler"..2. the presentation is too reality tv like and "fluffy". 3. I didnt care for Neil Oliver nor the young lady with surname of Robertson. although she was better than Neil Oliver in my opinion. He just seems too out of sync with what a documentary presentater should be like..a sober, academic and objective as well as very knowledgeable person who stays mostly in the BACKGROUND and focuses on the subject at hand as well as INTERESTING...but this only gets 3 stars for me..and i really feel it should be 2.5 stars.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2006
First let me say that I did enjoy the series overall. A five man team of Open University staff take you on a guided tour all around the coast of Britain, including Northern Ireland and some Scottish islands. The tour is not uniform though. They spend quite some time on the Isle of Weight yet poor old Isle of Mann doesn't even get a mention.

The idea of making a programme about the British coast is truly inspiring. Some highpoints were the early warning enemy aircraft sound walls along the south coast and the fishing village that got washed away one night. The story of the Scottish fishing industry was also well told as was the horrific story of the slave trade.

I do have some criticisms though.

They did not show enough scenic views of the coastline. I've taken some landscape photos myself from off shore. Some parts of Britain's coastline simply take your breath away. They missed some great opportunities.

Whilst taking us on a tour of the Irish coast, one member of the team made a really stupid comment that had the Protestant armies not won the war in Ireland, we could have avoided 400 years of war. He foolishly informed us of this fact (sic) with such certainty. I didn't know that the Open University had courses on historical "what if" prophecies and fortune telling. It's quite possible that had the Catholic armies won, there would have been a civil war in England.

Some sideshows such as taking us on a tour of a Royal Navy submarine and the building of a prehistoric home were too distant from the main subject. At some points the episodes degenerated into a magazine style format instead of focusing on the subject of Britain's coast.

One more criticism. I would have thought that one target audience for this programme would be tourists to Britain. I feel it is an oversight that there are no sub-titles whatsoever. I find this even stranger considering that the programme is so PC, (watch it, you'll see what I mean!), you would have thought they might have at least added subtitles in English for the hard of hearing?

To conclude, a most enjoyable series that hopefully should inspire us all to tour Britain's coastline and enjoy its unique beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2011
The great journey begins as we head around GB in, what we know now to be, the first series of Coast. The BBC team in Birmingham have blended a wonderful balance between entertainment and education. Natural history, geology, geography, anthropology, archeology and history are woven together into a mesmerising programme as we move seamlessly between one topic or location and the next. For example, in programme 4 we move from ancient copper mines to Leatherback turtles to engineering wonders in the Menia Strait and more, but it is never superficial or "Tabloid". I first encountered Coast in Series 3 and have now moved back to the start. It is great to see that the quality of cinematography, commentary and editing never fails. Once again the BBC has shown us the high standards that can be achieved in worthwhile entertainment. Congratulations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2011
The original series was hailed by the critics as ground breaking and they were right. It manages to take what could otherwise be quite a dry subject matter and turn into some very compelling TV. With a wonderful mix of local history, geography, science and nature, each programme weaves the various subjects into a single magical whole which, then becomes a fascinating chapter of a particular part of the UK in each episode.
Interesting, educational, and hugely enjoyable to watch just for some chill-out time. "Coast" is just fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2010
A truly wonderful series full of facts and information about our beautiful country. A lovely DVD series and a must for anyone who loves local British history. I can listen to Neil's gorgeous accent endlessly and the excellent team of field reporters, each with their specialism, are a real asset to the series. I recommend this series to all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2009
Series 1 was enjoyable in spite of Nicholas Crane with his bike and silly umbrella. But he missed out such large chunks that it was obvious there would have to be more (e.g. he got on the train in Edinburgh and jumped to the English Border)
Series 3 filled in some gaps, though the "continuity" was lost by jumping hither and thither. But I think it lived up to its billing.
I too find the dramatic "background" music kills the narrative, and I fail to understand why they can't turn down the volume of the music a couple of notches so we can hear what's being said.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2007
At first I tought the Coast series would be boring and quite dull, but I was very much mistaken. Both series take an indepth look at the coast around Britain, with the different presenters explaining interesting facts about that area.

You will be pleasantly surprised, so my advice would be to buy it!
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on 16 July 2011
Before "Coast" how dull were national/natural history programmes? Answer; fairly dull. Then "Coast" came along and suddenly everything was interesting!
This series very cleverly manages to mix some local history, old local legend, natural history, geography and even some science but it always presents it in such a fun and entertaining way that you never really realise just how much you're learning and that makes it great family viewing!
The filming is another big plus point for this series with plenty of over head shots and some brilliant under water film of the fantastic and varied amount of sea life that we have right on our doorstep.
This really is BBC documentary at its best and I can't recommend it too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I loved the series and can watch the dvd endlessly and still pick up something new. If we had the heat and sun in this country foreign holidays would be seen as boring as they mostly are. What a brilliant coastline!!!!
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