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Coast - BBC Series 1 (New Packaging) [DVD] [2005]

4.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Nicholas Crane, Mark Horton, Neil Oliver, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Alice Roberts
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 684 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BHZ1H4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,696 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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One of the most entertaining shows of 2005 has now made its way onto DVD and once more the viewer can lose themselves in the wonder of the U.K., as a series of experts voyage around the cooastline of this isle. This epic-series, which is accompanied by a book by Christopher Somerville, takes in twelve hour-long episodes focusing on the British coastline: 'Dover to Exmouth: The Frontline'; 'Exmouth to Bristol: The Wild West'; 'Bristol to Cardigan Bay: Times and Tides'; 'Cardigan Bay to the Dee: The Travellers Coast'; 'Liverpool to Solway Firth: Shifting Sands'; 'The Northern Ireland Coast: The Troubled Coast'; 'West Coast of Scotland and Western Isles: Islands and Inlets'; 'Cape Wrath to Orkney: Life on the Edge'; 'John O'Groats to Berwick: The Working Coast'; 'Berwick to Whitby: The Forgotten Coast'; 'Robin's Hood Bay to The Wash: The Inventive Coast'; & 'The Wash to Dover: The Vanishing Coast.'
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.
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The series is real value for money, the photography is brilliant and the insights into the biological and social aspects of the UK coastline is uplifting. As someone who no longer lives in Britain this brought back terrific memories. There are a couple of irritations such as the introduction of the team members at the beginning of every episode and sometimes the commentary sometimes appears to be coming from school teachers, but this does not mar this terrific project and series.
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But living in the midlands these days, I miss the sea terribly. Watching the Coast series is a real treat and makes my longing for the sea even stronger. There are so many miles of astoundingly beautiful coastline round England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland (about 12,000 miles I think they said when you add in all the twiddly bits and islands) that the series could have been twice as long and my attention wouldn't have faltered for a moment. And it's not just the beauty of the coastline that recommends this series - there's the sea itself in all its moods and tempers, the marine wildlife and the history. I've no doubt that I'll watch these DVDs many times. There is really only one thing I can think that would improve the programmes and that is subtitles. I can think of several occasions when they would have been useful, for example, when the zoologist, Miranda was diving with seals and it was very difficult to understand what she was saying in her diving suit, when the geographer, Nick was speaking over the clatter of a fish-finger conveyor belt, when the archaeologist/anthropologist, Mark was speaking in a Butlins holiday camp disco. Even without the subtitles though, it's mostly quite easy to understand what's said.

Highly recommended.
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This fantastic BBC series has finally made its way on to DVD and not before time. This takes you on an unforgetable journey around the British coastline and shows you parts of the UK that are truly breath taking. I am not really into history but this series gives you just the right balance of information to make this not only informative but a very refreshing look at the coastline of the UK. It has encouraged me to holiday back in the UK & i am sure it would do the same for others - Absolutely brilliant!
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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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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.

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