Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Presented by Alexander Armstrong, Carol Kirkwood and Chris Hollins, the first show in this series comes from St Ives in Cornwall, with a live audience and guests including veteran weather presenter Michael Fish.

We will be exploring why Britain gets the endlessly variable weather that it does. Also, how was weather crucial for the success of the D Day Landings? Chris Hollins goes in search of the world's second largest fish, the basking shark.

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  • Gulf Stream

    A warm water ocean current that flows from the equatorial Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean region and part of the main ocean circulation around the world. The Gulf Stream heads north eastwards towards the British Isles and eventually towards Iceland and Norway.

  • Latitude

    Hypothetical lines that run parallel to the equator and circle the globe. The equator is designated at zero (0) degrees, while the North and South poles are at 90 degrees North and South.

  • Air mass

    A body of air covering a relatively wide area and displaying similar properties, such as temperature and humidity.

  • Microclimate

    Variations of the climate within a small area, usually influenced by the local environment including hills, hollows, soil type and proximity to bodies of water. A microclimate can differ significantly from the general climate of a region.

  • At the mercy of The Great British Weather

    At the mercy of The Great British Weather

    Tomasz Schafernaker on the challenges of live TV: "Giving a weather forecast on the news is one thing, but explaining the physics of why things 'pop out of thin air' to a live audience will be a new challenge for me."

    Read and comment on Tomasz's post on the BBC TV blog


Alexander Armstrong
Carol Kirkwood
Chris Hollins
Executive Producer
Richard McKerrow
Executive Producer
Anna Beattie


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