Pleasure and Escape

Image for Pleasure and EscapeNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Episode 4 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Having examined the sea as a source of exploration, defence and trade, David Dimbleby explores how it emerged as a source of pleasure, Punch and Judy and sand sculpture.

Starting at Gorleston-on-Sea, David explores the creation of a seaside holiday culture that remains uniquely British to this day.

Sailing down the Suffolk and Essex coasts and into the Thames, David also shows how the sea became an irresistible subject for our most celebrated artists and architects, before finally docking in the very heart of British maritime power: Greenwich.

More episodes

See all episodes from Britain and the Sea


David Dimbleby
Alexander Leith
Alexander Leith
Executive Producer
Basil Comely
Series Producer
Alexander Leith


National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Britain and the Sea is a BBC and National Maritime Museum partnership.

Buy online

Available on: Video download

From one supplier: iTunes

Where to buy

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.