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Series meeting the people who live and work around Britain's port cities. How will seaside favourites Punch & Judy fare against new tourist attractions like the i360?

Running one of Britain's most popular beaches is a full-time job for seafront manager Chris Ingall and his team, especially on a sun-soaked bank holiday. Summer is crucial for the businesses along the seafront, including for Jack and Neil Messenger's fish shop and for chef Michael Bremner's new restaurant. Meanwhile, how will one of the UK's seaside favourites Punch & Judy fare against new tourist attractions like the i360? In the UK's oldest working aquarium, Sealife, Joe Williams plans his team's raft for Paddle Round the Pier, Brighton's beach festival. The festival gives young people like Jay, who has autism, a chance to enjoy the beach. Rob Reaks has planned his most outrageous costume yet for Pride, and out to sea, the south coast's first offshore wind-farm takes shape.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 1 May 2018 08:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:31


    Spotlight (Don't Let Fame Replace Your Name)

Take the Sea Cities video journey

Take the Sea Cities video journey

Take a journey around England's sea cities in this interactive TouchCast video.

Visit the cities of Bristol, Brighton and Sunderland, get a bird's eye aerial view and meet the people who make these bustling ports and seaside cities tick.

Meet three generations of the Punch and Judy family on Brighton beach.

Or fly high above the sea cities and get a remarkable bird's eye view of Sunderland, Brighton and Bristol by drone and airplane.

Click here to take the immersive TouchCast video journey


Role Contributor
Narrator Rob Bell
Series Producer Adam Keelan
Series Editor Diana Hare


  • Tue 27 Feb 2018 19:00
  • Tue 1 May 2018 08:00