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Messing About in Boats

Episode 6 of 10

Documenting our fondness for boats in a period that saw sailors seeking endurance world records and boatmen striving to halt the decline of rivers and canals.

Throughout the 1960s, the short film series Look at Life captured almost every aspect of British society and culture, but its producers had a special fascination for one aspect in particular - our inordinate fondness for boats. This episode examines the films that documented a period that saw a raft of British sailors seeking endurance world records; boatmen and women striving to halt the decline of our rivers and canals; and high tension on the high seas, as disputes over fishing rights prompted the government to send gunboats to escort our trawlers.

30 minutes


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:14

    Henry Mancini

    Banzai Pipeline

  • 00:16

    Band of HM Royal Marines



Role Contributor
Producer Sarah Metcalfe
Executive Producer David Okuefuna