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Harbour Lives follows Ben Fogle on a journey deep into the heart of beautiful Dorset, where he meets the people lucky enough to call it their home.
Much more than just a beautiful landscape, Dorset is an area steeped in history and heritage.
In episode three, Ben goes on the hunt for the finest seafood and the most unusual cake, along with a visit to taste Dorset’s finest bubbly direct from the vineyard where it’s made.
As one of Britain’s busiest seaports, Poole harbour is teeming with a wide variety of seafood. It’s here that Ben meets Jeremy, who has recently given up a successful career as a solicitor to become part of his father’s fishing business in the hope of taking over some day.
Jeremy talks to Harbour Lives about why he left his office job to follow his vocation on the sea.
Ben then travels six miles from the centre of Poole to a 23-acre vineyard that is home to 23,000 vines. A labour of love for the former IT executives who own the vineyard, the couple specialise in making English sparkling wine.
As Ben gets to grips with a vine trimmer, he tries his best not to destroy the livelihood the couple work so hard for.
The programme also meets Louisa Harman, who after spending ten years in advertising in London, returned to her hometown of Poole to open her own cupcake business. “Cakes are a little luxury even in a recession. People might not treat themselves to an expensive pair of shoes, but they’ll treat themselves to a cupcake.”
The cameras follow Louisa as she’s completing an unusual order – a cake in the shape of a toilet. With her creation complete, it’s a tense wait to find out if Louisa will have a satisfied customer and what the story is behind the bizarre birthday cake.