The Call of the Sea

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 30 minutes

Three-part documentary series featuring one of Britain's best loved actors, Timothy Spall, as he and his wife sail from to Cornwall to south Wales in a Dutch barge.

The first programme sees Timothy and Shane set off in the Princess Matilda from Fowey in Cornwall, heading towards Land's End.

By his own admission, Timothy is an unqualified and slightly nervous mariner, but Shane has every confidence in his sea-faring abilities. The intrepid crew encounter a battleship on what could be a firing range, before getting holed up in the Helford river due to bad weather, which gives them an excuse to meet the locals and witness a lively festival.

But all the time Timothy is fretting over the next leg of his journey, which sees the Princess Matilda circumnavigate the infamous Lizard Point, known as the graveyard of ships with its dangerous rocks stretching four miles out to sea.

  • Photo: Newlyn Lifeboat

    Photo: Newlyn Lifeboat

    Timothy and Shane Spall join the crew aboard the Newlyn Lifeboat at they travel from Cornwall to south Wales.

  • Sea Fever

    Sea Fever

    This programme was part of Sea Fever – The Story Of Britain And The Sea, a major season on BBC Four that looked at the ways in which the sea helped to shape modern Britain. Sea Fever focused on maritime history, culture, economics and science and coincided with an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

    Go to the Sea Fever website

Credits

Participant
Timothy Spall
Participant
Shane Spall
Director
Paul Crompton
Executive Producer
Paul Crompton

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