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Dorset is a world of rich contrasts, from the high society of Sandbanks to the generations of rugged fishermen who’ve been trawling fish there for hundreds of years.
Growing up, Harbour Lives presenter Ben Fogle says he couldn’t have wished for a more amazing playground. But it’s not just the spectacular landscape that makes this area of the world unique. Throughout this series Ben visits the colourful characters that make up the fabric of Dorset life.
In the second episode of the series, Ben meets a chef who takes buying fresh to a whole new level and heads out to sea with the harbour team’s newest recruit.
We also meet a local choir in Shaftesbury whose rehearsals descend into mayhem as they prepare for their first live performance.
Storm, one of Poole’s most renowned gourmet hotspots, is run by local legend Pete Miles. The chef’s love of simple rustic food inspired him to open his restaurant 14 years ago.
Pete’s long days often require him to head out fishing at six o’clock in the morning to catch the food he will then serve that evening in his restaurant.
The programme also sees Ben travelling a few miles north of the harbour to Shaftesbury, one of the oldest and highest towns in Britain.
Shaftesbury town hall is home to a community choir that’s 120 strong and has become the talk of the town. As they train for the Shaftesbury Arts & Music Festival, the pressure is on to deliver a rousing performance for the choir’s paying public.
Back in Poole, the harbour commissioners are responsible for controlling the one million shipping movements in one of the UK’s busiest waterways. Ben meets new recruit Rosie, a deck hand who is the only girl in the team.