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  • Actors: Ross Kemp
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,376 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ross Kemp journeys across three continents to the world's worst piracy hotspots in search of the men responsible for bringing a reign of terror to the high seas.

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.

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You can hardly accuse Ross Kemp of settling for the quiet life. Ross Kemp In Search Of Pirates finds the ex-EastEnders star travelling across the high seas to hunt out the real-life pirates, following his excellent and well-received series that has seen him in Afghanistan, and confronting Gangs, previously. And it’s no quieter an assignment he’s given himself this time.

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

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I bought Ross Kemp's series on Pirates because I'd been very impressed with his programmes where he accompanied our troops to Afghanistan. The way he wasn't afraid to show fear when under fire was a surprise to me (I'd expected a bit of heavy editing in some situations), but what impressed me most in both these series is the sense of balance we get. We hear from victims of piracy, naval personnel trying to stop it, locals in Nigeria who show Ross Kemp the appalling pollution in their rivers caused by oil spills and by people illegally 'tapping' the wells to supplement their income (sometimes on a grand scale ...!) because pollution has ruined the waters they used to fish. A vicious cycle that seems to have no end.

There is much more to the 'piracy' problem than gangs of cut-throats hoping to get rich quick, although that is clearly the case in many instances, and I sincerely hope that anyone thinking about writing a book on modern-day piracy would at least make an *attempt* to tell both sides, to show the cause and effect/Catch 22 situation that some of these people are in, and then get off their arses and *try* to meet a few pirates. Now that might be a book worth reading. :-)
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A good documentary piece about the modern day Royal Navy dealing with an age old problem of piracy. Other countrys in the films seem to have bigger issues to cope with and it was good to see the whole story and not just focus on the pirates.
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Ross Kemp surprised me with his Afghanistan and Gangs documentaries, he's not a bad presenter (or at least a better one than I expected him to be), although he does have a tendancy to try and put words into people's mouths. Still I quite the fact that he gets involved with the story he's working on.

The search for pirates takes him to the three major flashpoints for piracy Somalia, South China Sea and the Niger Delta and in each case he tries to discover both sides of what's going on. It's not terribly in depth, but does provide an interesting watch.
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The Royal Navy at its worst imaginable. As a seafarer I could not believe a modern navy could be so useless. I sent a copy to my MP. It would have far better for the vessel to have sailed to Gibralta and filled the pubs up there.
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Having been on an anti piracy mission and in the middle of researching this subject for my own book I found the program invaluable for background information. It also hardened my own views on the subject of piracy.They do not deserve our sympathy.They are thieves ,robbers and murderers and should be delt with acordingly.Ross delt with the subject responsibly and put accross both sides of the argument very well. I thought that he had taken an bad risk by going to meet the pirates however good luck to him.He pulled it off and the result is a very informative program which should leave the viewer in no doubt that unless this situation is resolved so no one will be safe to sail the high seas again despite our high tech Naval forces.As the skipper of the British warship said " I cant be in two places at the same time".
Thanks Ross.Keep up the good work.
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A brilliant watch and Ross is unbiased in all aspects
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I love everything ross kemp has done so far
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