Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Winter

Episode 6 of 6

The team explore Britain's coast in winter. Nick Crane visits Cornwall, the storm central of Britain's coastline, and Neil Oliver attends Shetland's Viking Fire Festival.

In a dramatic, storm-lashed climax to the latest series of Coast, the team explore what becomes of our coast in winter. In this secret season our shore is battered by wild weather - but teeming with life if you know where to look.

Nick Crane visits Cornwall, the storm central of Britain's rugged coastline. Nick explores the tragic events remembered as the Penlee lifeboat disaster, the worst such tragedy within the last 60 years. How did hurricane conditions claim the lives of eight lifeboat men in the week before Christmas 1981 and have such a devastating impact on the close-knit community of the tiny village of Mousehole?

But Nick also discovers that wild winter seas bring surprising benefits to this Cornish coast. How do Cornish farmers within the so-called Golden Mile use the microclimate created by relatively warm seawater and moist winds to grow cauliflowers and potatoes in frost-free conditions? And how do they manage to do so throughout the winter months?

Neil Oliver experiences the extraordinary Viking Fire Festival on Shetland. Every January the islands throw one of the greatest outdoor parties in Europe, when massed ranks of Viking warriors parade, braving wild weather to carry flaming torches through streets thronging with visitors from around the world. Neil Oliver gains behind-the-scenes access to investigate the proud Viking heritage of Shetland - but is their spectacular winter ritual of burning a Viking longship as authentic as it appears?

Far into the Atlantic on the edge of the wild western isles of Scotland a feral flock of sheep, untouched for thousands of years, battle to the death as winter approaches. On the isles of St Kilda Andy Torbet throws himself into the fray as the rams fight to breed with the ewes.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 17 Jul 2019 07:00

More episodes

Next

You are at the last episode

See all episodes from Coast

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Nicholas Crane
Presenter Mark Horton
Presenter Andy Torbet
Presenter Neil Oliver
Presenter Richard Taylor-Jones
Executive Producer William Lyons
Series Producer Jessica Colman
Series Editor Steve Evanson

Broadcasts

  • Tue 19 Aug 2014 20:00
  • Thu 21 Aug 2014 20:00
  • Wed 24 Sep 2014 09:00
  • Fri 8 Jan 2016 16:15
  • Wed 17 Jul 2019 07:00

Meet the Coast team

Meet the Coast team

Presented by a team of experts, between them they can investigate almost anything!

Explore your world with BBC Earth

Explore your world with BBC Earth

Visit BBC Earth, the new home of wildlife on the BBC.