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Coast - BBC Series 1 (New Packaging) [DVD] 
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The nation's love affair with the coast will be reawakened for this entertaining and ambitious exploration of the entire UK coastline. Every part of the 9,000-mile coast is covered to explore how we've shaped it - and how it shapes us. Hosted by a team of history and geography experts who investigate everything from life on a nuclear submarine; rebuilding the Titanic using computer images; the story behind the first Butlins holiday camp; and the birth of the Severn Bore. Discover the curious, sometimes dysfunctional, relationship between the British and the seas.
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The voyage is undertaken by several experts, the principal presenter Nicholas Crane (Map Man) is supported by a team of experts including historian Neil Oliver (Two Men in a Trench), archaeologist Mark Horton (Time Flyers), zoologist Miranda Krestovnikoff (Hidden Treasure) & anatomist/archaeologist/flame-hairerd uber-vixen Alice Roberts (Time Team). The voyage around the UK's coastline shows us not only the present day, but flips into the history of the country - whether taking up specific historical stories, alluding to the climate changes that formed this isle, or exploring the natural phenemona & wild-life.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Since I live near the coast I bought this on dvd. Watched some of it on the telly. Same genre.Published 6 days ago by robert gregson
Good series quite informative and educational both for myself and the niecesPublished 11 months ago by Dennis Grumpy Peters
This series cannot be bettered, can watch it over and over againPublished 13 months ago by Violetta
What great documentaries! They are something to treasure forever.Published 16 months ago by L. M. Wilson