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Swanage to Land's End

Neil Oliver finds out how the arrival of steam trains transformed the south coast. Miranda Krestovnikoff goes in search of a family of white-beaked dolphins

A journey along the sights of England's South West coast from Dorset, through Devon, and onwards to the tip of Cornwall.

Neil Oliver finds out how the arrival of steam trains transformed the South Coast by opening it up to tourists. He also performs the lead role in an extract from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' on the stage of a remarkable open air amphitheatre near Land's End, discovering how this unique theatre was built thanks to the obsession of one woman determined to stage the Bard's famous play next to the sea at her Cornish home.

Miranda Krestovnikoff goes in search of a family of White-Beaked Dolphins. These elusive cold water creatures are rarely seen off the English Coast, so why is this group so far south? Nearby, on a rocky South Coast beach, Adrian Gray demonstrates the gravity-defying art of balancing stones.

Nick Crane gets a ride inside a travelling museum, a tribute to the Yelloway Coaches company that has been transporting Northerners to the South Coast since the 1930s. And Alice Roberts is following her nose to discover what gives the sea that distinctive smell we associate with holidays, which for many animals is a smell that signals the difference between life and death.

30 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Neil Oliver
Presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff
Presenter Nicholas Crane
Participant Adrian Gray

Broadcasts

  • Fri 9 Sep 2011 19:00
  • Fri 23 Dec 2011 16:35
  • Wed 18 Jul 2012 19:00
  • Wed 25 Jul 2012 19:00
  • Mon 18 Feb 2013 11:30
  • Sun 10 Nov 2013 17:30
  • Thu 28 Nov 2013 19:00
  • Fri 4 Apr 2014 10:45
  • Wed 8 Oct 2014 14:30
  • Wed 23 Sep 2015 16:50
  • Wed 23 Sep 2015 17:15
  • Mon 13 Jun 2016 16:45
  • Thu 16 Nov 2017 16:15
  • Fri 1 Mar 2019 09:00

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