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Actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson continues his exploration of our island nation’s harbours and ports. In this episode Ade is on the west coast of Scotland where he sails out to one of the most unique inhabited islands of the Hebrides, the Isle of Eigg.
The Isle of Eigg is home to just ninety-nine people. In 1997 the islanders raised one and a half million pounds so they could buy Eigg and decide how it’s managed day to day. Ade joins the community to find out about daily life and the challenges that come with living a remote island life surrounded by sea. He explores Eigg’s history and stays overnight to be able to experience a traditional island ceilidh.
After his island adventures, Ade sets sail back to the mainland and to the fishing port of Mallaig. During the 1960’s Mallaig was the busiest port in Europe and was known for its kippers and herring trade. Ade meets two herring girls who worked doing the tough job of gutting the fish in the 50’s during the herring boom. Both met and married fishermen and remember the fun of the experience.
The west coast of Scotland is well known for it stunning scenery and sailing conditions. Ade finishes his travels along this coastline by joining a team of pleasure sailors who are circumnavigating Britain. He jumps on-board their old gaffer boat, Cygnet, a stunning century old forty foot boat with a traditional mast and sail formation.
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.