Britain and the Sea

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Britain and the Sea
Britain and the Sea.png
GenreFactual
FormatDocumentary
Written byDavid Dimbleby
Directed by
  • John Hodgson
  • Rosie Schellenberg
  • Graham Cooper
Presented byDavid Dimbleby
Composer(s)
  • Chris Nicolaides
  • Michael Doherty
  • Jon Chilton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Basil Comely
Producer(s)Alexander Leith
Editor(s)Andrea Carnevali
Camera setupMike Garner
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run17 November 2013 (2013-11-17) – 8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
External links
Website
 
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Britain and the Sea
Britain and the Sea.png
GenreFactual
FormatDocumentary
Written byDavid Dimbleby
Directed by
  • John Hodgson
  • Rosie Schellenberg
  • Graham Cooper
Presented byDavid Dimbleby
Composer(s)
  • Chris Nicolaides
  • Michael Doherty
  • Jon Chilton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Basil Comely
Producer(s)Alexander Leith
Editor(s)Andrea Carnevali
Camera setupMike Garner
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run17 November 2013 (2013-11-17) – 8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
External links
Website

Britain and the Sea is a British documentary television series presented and written by David Dimbleby that was first broadcast on BBC One on 17 November 2013. The series was made in partnership with National Maritime Museum and explores Britain's maritime heritage.

Production[edit]

Mark Bell, a BBC commissioning editor, announced the television series on 14 June 2012.[1] One of the locations used for filming was the Falmouth Aquarium in Falmouth. [2]

During the filming of the first episode, David Dimbleby got his first tattoo when looking into how the UK was introduced to body art.[3] He got the tattoo when he was aged 75 and the scorpion tattoo is located on his shoulder.[4] Toby Young of The Daily Telegraph called it a publicity stunt and The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland called the tattoo "a sign of things to come".[5][6]

Episode list[edit]

#TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers (millions)
1"Adventure and Exploration"John Hodgson17 November 2013 (2013-11-17)2.71 (overnight)

Route: HelfordDartmouth

Points of interest: Falmouth and Buckland Abbey[7]
2"Invasion and Defence"Rosie Schellenberg24 November 2013 (2013-11-24)N/A

Route: LymingtonDover

Points of interest: HMS Portsmouth and Southsea Castle[7]
3"Trade and Romance"Graham Cooper1 December 2013 (2013-12-01)N/A

Route: Craobh HavenGlasgow

Points of interest: Crinan Canal, Scottish Highlands, Tarbot and Mount Stuart House[7]
4"Pleasure and Escape"Alexander Leith8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)N/A

Route: GorlestonLondon

Points of interest: Lowestoft, Aldeburgh, Frinton-on-Sea and Greenwich[7]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Overnight figures showed that the first episode was watched by 10.1% of the viewing audience for that time, with 2.71 million watching it.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Neil Midgley of The Daily Telegraph gave the first episode two stars out of five and said:

Dimbleby couldn't save a first episode that had no clear idea of what it wanted to achieve – and several very bad ideas about how to achieve it. As Dimbleby sailed from port to port, he sprinkled in a few little educational films, which were presumably supposed to be the meat of the programme. But their remit was so diffuse – history, art, culture, whatever, oh yes, the sea, don’t forget the sea – that this was where the programme really lost its grip.[9]

The Guardian's Sam Wollaston said it was Five Go Down to the Sea, "with a bit of history, culture, art (JM Turner, D Dimbleby etc, plus body art of course) thrown in. Rather nice."[10] Claudia Connell of the Daily Mail gave it three out of five stars.[11] Matthew Baylis of the Daily Express commented on the large publicity regarding Dimbleby's tattoo, saying:

I fear that the first episode of Britain and the Sea was drowned out by news that its presenter had had a scorpion tattooed on his shoulder during its filming. There were more interesting things to see as the headmasterly Dimbleby circumnavigated our isles in his lovingly tended 28ft sailing boat Rocket.[12]

Andrew Billen, a journalist writing for The Times said: "The contrast between the grizzled sea dog and his fresh-faced shipmates deepened the Enid Blytonish tone of their sail around Cornwall and Devon with shades of Captain Birdseye... It was an inclusive and multidisciplinary tour, deft enough to make Coast look ponderous."[12] Time Out gave the first two episodes two out of five stars and said the second episode lacked the number of surprises the first episode had.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Arts announce host of new commissions". BBC. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "TV presenter at aquarium ahead of new sea series". This is Cornwall. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Deans, Jason (12 November 2013). "David Dimbleby achieves tattoo ambition at 75". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Broadcaster David Dimbleby gets first tattoo aged 75". BBC News. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Young, Toby (12 November 2013). "The real story behind David Dimbleby's tattoo is that the man is a complete publicity whore". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Freedland, Jonathan (12 November 2013). "David Dimbleby's tattoo is a sign of things to come". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d Bremner, Jade (13 November 2013). "David Dimbleby’s Britain and the Sea: travel guide". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Eames, Tom (18 November 2013). "'I'm a Celebrity' returns with best ever opening ratings". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Midgley, Neil (17 November 2013). "Britain and the Sea, episode one, BBC One, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Wollaston, Sam (18 November 2013). "Borgen; Britain and the Sea – TV review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Connell, Claudia (17 November 2013). "Whatever next after that tattoo? Cap'n Dimbleby with an earring! Claudia Connell reviews last weekend's TV". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "TV Critics: Borgen; Britain and the Sea; I'm a Celebrity; Kennedy’s Nuclear Nightmare". Broadcast Now. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Lee Davies, Adam (8 November 2013). "Britain and the Sea". Time Out. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Harrison, Phil (15 November 2013). "Britain and the Sea". Time Out. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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