Coast returns to BBC TWO
Tx: 8pm, BBC Two, Sunday June 3 2007
For the first time, the team will be visiting the northern-most tip of the British Isles - Shetland, the continental charms of the Channel Islands and the fiercely independent Isle of Man.
The Irish Coast
They will explore the spectacular south west of Ireland for the first time as well as returning to some favourite old haunts to tell new stories such as the south of England’s fabulous Jurassic Coast which features some of the most expensive coastal property in the world and the south coast of Wales including the Gower Peninsula, the first area of outstanding natural beauty in Britain. The team travel to East Anglia and the east coast of Scotland where the team investigate Edinburgh’s many links to the coast.
Neil Oliver remains the main presenter for the latest series and will again be joined by Nick Crane, Dr Alice Roberts, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Mark Horton. The team will also be joined in the newest leg of their journey by Hermione Cockburn of The Open University and engineer Dick Strawbridge.
Hermione Cockburn says: “Working on Coast has been absolutely brilliant – the reception from the public wherever we were filming was so warm and friendly, there’s a lot of goodwill towards the series. In Blackpool, we needed to cross a building site with no entry signs everywhere but one mention of Coast and we were personally escorted through by the site manager!
“One of the stories I present is about secret WW2 listening stations on the Norfolk coast. It was fascinating to experiment with the technology behind these stations with the help of scientists from the OU. But it was even more enthralling to meet an elderly woman, Joy Hale, who’d actually worked there and hear her stories firsthand. Like Joy, my grandmother had been a WREN but had worked as a cipher officer - the next link in the chain of intelligence gathering. It was a poignant story to present and I’m pleased that almost forgotten pieces of history like this will be heard by a wider audience and preserved by Coast.”
Dr Alice Roberts says: “In the new series, my favourite story is the excavation at Sandwick Bay in Shetland. I camped on the beach in my camper van, and was privileged to take a look at the Iron Age skeleton that had been discovered on the site.”
Miranda Krestovnikoff says: “My favourite coastal location from filming has to be the Guliot caves in Sark. These gems are something I might explore as a diver - rocks encrusted in jewel anemones of all different colours - but on a few rare days a year when the tides are exceptionally low, you can - with great difficulty - access these sunken treasures for a few precious hours.
"I went with a scientist who has been visiting them for the last 50 years or so and we were accompanied by a four-strong team of local firemen - such was the difficulty of accessing the caves. It took a few hours to make our decent down a sheer cliff and across the rocks and we only had a short hour in which to film. It was like being inside a sweet shop - the walls were dripping with brightly coloured anemones with barely an inch of exposed rock. A truly memorable experience.”
George Revill, Senior Lecturer in Geography with The Open University said: “Our enduring fascination for the sea, seaside and shoreline is clearly reflected in the tremendous popular success of the first two series of Coast. The coast has been economically, socially and culturally vital for many generations living in the British Isles and it presents us with a wealth of ecosystems and habitats on which we are all dependent."
There are a series of essays on some of the issues surrounding the coast in the UK and Ireland with more to come at Open2.net - link opposite.
The Open University has also produced a free map for viewers to follow the progress of the series as it traverses the UK and Ireland. It also has interesting facts and useful information for anybody inspired to go and explore their own piece of coast!
The map can be obtained by calling +(44) 8700 900 7788.