01/07/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Julia Bradbury and John Craven head to the Isle of Man. It might be tiny, but the Manx mainland packs in lots of landscapes: rolling green hills in the north, rocky coastline in the south and a scattering of unspoilt sandy beaches. It's the British Isles in miniature.

At this time of year, the waters around its coast welcome an elusive visitor - the basking shark. Julia takes to the water hoping to get a glimpse of this mysterious mammal, but it requires patience, a keen eye and a bit of help from mother nature.

While Julia is all at sea, John goes inland on a trip down memory lane. In the 1960s, he used to visit the island on his motorbike. Fifty years on, he takes a ride on a vintage motorbike along the Isle of Man TT course before swapping it for a more leisurely journey as a passenger on a trike.

Across the Irish Sea in Scotland, Tom Heap finds out why birds of prey are getting such a bad press; and down on the farm, Adam trains his rare breed cattle for a starring role on the big screen.

  • John’s Trip Down Memory Lane

    John’s Trip Down Memory Lane

    Back in the sixties John Craven used to travel to the Isle of Man to follow the famous TT course on his trusty BSA Bantam motorcycle. Now, for the first time in fifty years, he gets back in the saddle of a vintage Bantam to relive those heady days. And he loves it! Bringing it back to the 21st century, John then lets someone else take the strain as he appreciates the local scenery – and the TT course today – from the back seat of a two-man trike.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TT COURSE
  • In Search Of Basking Sharks

    In Search Of Basking Sharks

    While visiting the Isle of Man Julia Bradbury goes in search of one of the world’s most elusive creatures, the basking shark. These sharks swim in the Manx waters to feed, giving researchers on the island a unique chance to study them. Julia helps out on a survey mission with marine biologist Jackie Hall and her husband, Graham. But, the weather conditions need to be perfectly clear and calm to see basking sharks, so will Julia get lucky?

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MANX BASKING SHARK
  • Air Tragedies

    Air Tragedies

    On his tour of the Isle of Man, John stops off to meet historian Ivor Ramsden. Ivor tells him how the Manx mountains have witnessed almost four hundred aircraft crashes to date. John hears more about the worst tragedy, at North Barrule, where 31 people lost their lives. It happened near the end of the Second World War when an American bomber crashed in cloud while transporting men for some well-earned leave. The remains of the bomber are still visible on the mountainside today.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CRASH
  • Birds Of Prey

    Birds Of Prey

    Tom Heap heads to Scotland to investigate the growing controversy over birds of prey. Some people, including many in the shooting industry, claim that these feathered hunters are almost terrorising the countryside, killing game birds, pigeons and even our traditional British songbirds. But then there are those who feel they are not only still vulnerable, but deserve even greater protection. So who is in the right? Tom goes in search of some good old-fashioned facts.

  • Adam’s Animal Film Stars

    Adam’s Animal Film Stars

    When you keep lots of rare breeds on a farm, making them pay can be a challenge, so Adam’s father decided to diversify and trained some animals so they were suitable to work on film sets. In the past they’ve found roles for both chickens and pigs. Now, two of Adam Henson’s White Park cows have been requested for a top secret TV drama, where they will be required to pull a plough or cart and work as oxen. Before they can do that they need to be trained using a yolk that attaches two cattle together. But how will the White Parks react?

  • Julia And The Queenies

    Julia And The Queenies

    Continuing to explore the island by sea, Julia finds out about fishing for a type of scallop know as the ‘Queenie’. The fishing industry on the Isle of Man goes back a long way, however their forward-thinking approach to sustainable fishing is what has been receiving plenty of attention of late. Julia delves into both the Manx fishing traditions and also discovers how they look after their precious stocks of seafood. Finally, Julia and John catch up on a rather rainy beach to taste some of the island’s delicacies cooked up by local chef, John Dixon.

    COOK UP YOUR OWN QUEENIES

Credits

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Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury
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John Craven
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John Craven
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Tom Heap
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Tom Heap
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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