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Tales from the Coast with Robson Green

  • Episode: 

    4 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 21 Feb 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 08 2017 : Sat 18 Feb - Fri 24 Feb
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  • Status: 

    Last in series
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The UK has one of the most varied coastal landscapes in the world, from sweeping sands and rugged cliffs, to mudflats and spits. It’s home to colourful seaside towns and historic fishing villages, and in this new series, Tales from the Coast, Robson Green travels along some of its most fascinating stretches of coastline, to discover just what it is about the shoreline that continues to enthral and inspire.
In each of the four episodes, Robson will travel along a different stretch of coast, from the wild and remote Outer Hebrides and the unspoiled beaches of North Devon, to the remote islands of Pembrokeshire and the varied coastal landscape of Essex and Suffolk.  
On his travels, Robson will take on exciting new experiences and meet people who share his passion for the British coast. He’ll go wild camping in the Outer Hebrides, climb dramatic sea cliffs in the Bristol Channel, explore the hidden coves of South-West Wales and visit some of Britain’s most wild and remote islands. He even unwittingly finds himself involved in a dramatic cliff top rescue - and makes the evening news.
During his journey, he hopes to find out how our coastline has influenced both the way we work and the way we spend our holidays, and how being an island nation has shaped the Britain we know today.
In episode four, the final of the series, Robson visits Essex and Suffolk for a journey along one of the most varied coastal landscapes in Britain, travelling 100-miles from the Thames Estuary in Essex to Southwold in Suffolk.
Robson said: “It’s one of our most varied coastal landscapes, from classic seaside towns and busy harbours, to vast shingle spits. It’s a shoreline filled with surprises.” 
His journey begins in the famous salt marshes of the Blackwater Estuary, where he finds himself knee deep in sludge as he attempts to run the route of the Maldon Mud Race. Afterwards, an exhausted Robson said: “That’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done, it just zaps you of your strength, oh my goodness.” 
In Clacton-on-Sea, Robson recalls the teenage hysteria of the early 60s, as he reunites a group of Mods and Rockers who hit the headlines when they clashed on the beach there in 1964, and at the port of Old Leigh, on the Thames Estuary, Robson sees how its traditional cockle sheds and trawler boats are still in use today - a reminder of the important role fishing has played in shaping Britain’s coastal communities. 
Also in tonight’s episode, in Suffolk, Robson visits a giant shingle spit called Orford Ness, one of the UK’s most unusual coastal landscapes, and once a top secret military base that played a vital role in defending Britain from attack in both World Wars and was a testing site for atomic bombs.
Robson said: “Orford Ness is unique. A little-known stretch of coastline that played a pivotal role, not just in protecting Britain, but in changing the course of history far from these shores too.”
Robson’s final destination on the East coast is the resort of Southwold, where he meets the owners of some of Britain’s most sought-after beach huts and hears the emotional stories behind the highly-personal plaques which adorn its pier.
With his time on the coast at an end, Robson said: “I’ve travelled to the very edges of Britain, visited some beautiful places, met fascinating people and done things I never thought I would do. Along the way I’ve learned how our coastline shapes the way we work, the way we engage with nature and how we love to spend precious time here with those closest to us. In every dramatic headland, every idyllic beach, in every grain of sand, there are memories we can all cherish - our very own tales from the coast.”