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Episode three: Bridlington
Actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson continues his exploration of our island nations harbours and ports. In this episode Ade sails the coastline around Bridlington, once a town famed for its huge fish industry in the North Sea but that has more recently turned to shellfish to survive.
Ade joins lobster and crab fisherman Peter Sanderson at work in the North Sea. Peter’s family have fished these waters since the 1600s and he gives Ade an insight into life working at sea and how shellfish has transformed their industry.
Once back on land, Ade tracks down a fishing boat that’s got a special historical connection to Bridlington, Three Brothers, a Yorkshire Coble. Built over one hundred years ago the flat-bottomed boat was typical of many launched by local fishermen from the beach into the choppy North Sea conditions.
Local fishermen weren’t the only men putting their lives at danger for a living in Bridlington. Ade takes to the cliffs of Flamborough Head to learn about a perilous pursuit called climming that involved local men hanging by rope to collect eggs from nesting seabirds. He meets Roy Artley whose dad was one of the last to work these cliffs in the 1950s and views some fantastic archive film of him in action.
The perils of the North Sea are well known. Bridlington Lifeboat have been saving lives since 1805 and it’s still run by local men willing to risk their lives to save others. Ade joins the RNLI team at Bridlington as they head out to sea on a training drill only to find himself ending up in the water and being winched up into the air by a RAF helicopter.
We’re an island nation, our history and culture shaped by the sea. For centuries, we’ve used our waters for fishing, trade, exploration, conquest and defence, and sometimes simply for pleasure.
In this six-part ITV series, comedian and presenter Ade Edmondson sets sail to explore Britain’s maritime past and discovers how it continues to influence the lives of the people who still depend on the sea today.
Fascinated by British maritime history, Ade Edmondson has a passion for the sea, since being a boy he’s dreamt of sailing around the world and the British Isles. Inspired by Ade’s genuine fascination for Britain’s seafaring past and a love of all things nautical, in this series, he at last gets his chance to explore Britain from the sea.
The series reflects the rich diversity that our sea and coast has to offer, as Ade discovers those gems of tradition, heritage, invention, and modern expertise that makes our British coastline unique.
Ade immerses himself in British seafaring culture and history - from discovering the root of the phrase shipshape and bitter end to making rope with one of the last surviving rope makers. With his natural curiosity, with and warmth he takes viewers on his voyage as he pilots a huge tanker through the Bristol Channel, sings sea shanties in Liverpool Bay, takes in modern deep sea fishing, lave netting in the Severn Estuary, visits island communities and is even airlifted out of the North Sea.