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More Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green

  • Episode: 

    1 of 8

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 16 Feb 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 08 2015 : Sat 14 Feb - Fri 20 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Returning
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“I thought I’d seen and done it all. How wrong I was.” Robson Green
 
In this first episode, Robson Green discovers some of Northumberland’s best-kept secrets. He heads out into the North Sea in search of white-beaked dolphins, visits the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong, and joins the secret skinny-dippers of Druridge Bay for a very cold naked swim at sunrise.
 
Robson’s journey into hidden Northumberland starts by the sea. He says: “With more than a 100 miles of coastline, Northumberland’s destiny has always been shaped and defined by the sea.”
 
Robson heads to one of the deepest parts of the North Sea in search of white-beaked dolphins, hoping to learn more about these fascinating but elusive sea mammals.
 
Ben Burville, a local GP with a big passion for marine biology, takes Robson out in search of the dolphins.
 
Having reached their target area, it’s a long wait to catch a glimpse of the dolphins. When they finally make an appearance, Robson is thrilled, saying : “Ten to fifteen dolphins have just surrounded the boat and are now putting on one of the best displays you’ll ever see. Wow, what a sight. They’re strong, powerful swimmers and love swimming in the waves at the bow of the boat. Nobody knows exactly why they do it, but it’s probably just because it’s fun!”
 
Next, Robson visits Cragside, once the pioneering home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong and the first house in the world to be powered by hydroelectricity.
 
The Cragside estate is a wonder of the Victorian age. 150 years ago, inventor and industrialist Lord William Armstrong built a modest twelve room hunting lodge on the edge of his favourite fishing spot. Over the course of forty years, he transformed the landscape, planting over seven million trees and shrubs, excavating five new fishing lakes, commissioning a six tonne iron foot bridge and turning the country home into a mansion of over 100 rooms.
 
The final leg of Robson’s journey takes him to Druridge Bay as he joins a group of secret skinny-dippers for a very cold naked swim at sunrise.
 
After following the group into the cold North Sea, Robson says: “There’s nothing better than starting your morning with a dip in the North Sea. I highly recommend it, everyone should do it once in their lifetime. Now, where’s my clothes?”