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Adventure and Exploration

Britain and the Sea Episode 1 of 4

David Dimbleby sails the south-west coast of England - along the coast of Devon and Cornwall - in his own sailing boat, Rocket, exploring maritime history, art and architecture as he goes. Caught up in stormy weather, he makes it to safety in the nick of time, to tell the story of Sir Francis Drake and a fantastic array of adventurers, explorers, pirates and smugglers.

It's also a chance for David to enjoy some of Britain's most beautiful coastline and turn his hand to a bit of art himself. David also gingerly submits himself to one of the oldest maritime art forms of all - the art of the tattoo.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Tue 20 Jun 2017 00:00


Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Dimbleby
ProducerJohn Hodgson
DirectorJohn Hodgson
Executive ProducerBasil Comely
Series ProducerAlexander Leith

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