Drama on the high seas: The whale attack that sank a ship

Did you know the tale of Moby Dick where a vengeful sea captain is determined to kill the whale that cost him his leg is based on a true story?

The Essex was a ship that sank in the South Pacific after being attacked by a sperm whale.

The story has been turned into a film called 'The Whale', written by Terry Cafolla and stars Jonas Armstrong.

'The Whale' is on BBC One on Sunday December 22nd at 9pm

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7 minutes

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