This is an absolutley amazing series. I am currently watching the newest series Coast and Beyond series 4 on BBC 2, but have watched series 1 originally when it was first broadcast. I will be buying this DVD and any other series as they are released.
The amount of information that this program gives out is phenomenol. For instance last week I learnt that fractals were actually invented for the express purpose of standardising the measurement of coastal area, a very contentious issue as coastal area determins the size of offshore waters. I also learnt that if you measure the coast with different sized rulers you can get vastly different measurement! That idea was just staggering. It may be simple, but it had never ever occured to me. Without this brilliant series there would be so many things that I did not know about our wonderful Island. I think that the one really important thing that Coast achieves, is to remind us that we do live on an Island and that we should cherish and explore this beautiful asset that we have.
All the presenters are really enthusiastic and that enthusiasm is infectious. I try and get all my chores done in time to watch each episode when it is own TV. I hate missing it, even though I can watch on catchup. The variety of topics covered by this series is staggering and this is why it is difficult to get bored with the series. I particularly love Neil Olliver the historian who is just like a human dynamo, willing to try anything to get to the heart of the story. This program covers History, Geography, Geology, Physics, chemisty, just too numerous to mention. Oh how I wish that this had been available when I was at school. It just makes learing come alive and I would hope that this series and the others are part of the schools required viewing.
This series is first rate and I don't know how anyone could not enjoy it. There is something for everyone.
I really can't recommend this series enough, and currently it can be bought for next to nothing on Amazon, making it a great value and highly educational purchase.
There wouldn't be much point in me telling you what I think of this because I'm biased. I could write a premium review that would basically read
"I love history, I love the history and nuances of Great Britain and this DVD set is 12 hours of pure bliss for someone like me."
However, my girlfriend is not so enthusiastic about such things, but following the Martin Clunes Islands series that has recently broadcast on ITV I managed to convince her that Coast is a far superior and informative programme, not dumbed down for the masses.
She reluctantly agreed to watch a couple of episodes and now she is hooked.
While she would prefer it to be slightly lass staid, she nevertheless enjoys the factual tit-bits that can be picked up from the experts and of course, as do we all, she becomes even more interested when they cover a location that she has been to.
Coast was worth the licence fee when it was broadcast, arguably worth the £40 price tag when originally released but undeniably a must at the knock down price it is now available at.
If nothing else, for those looking to tighten their purse strings in the current times, this is a cheap and informative brochure for an interesting break somewhere in the British Isles this summer.
If you ever wondered where you licence money. Watch this TV series produced by BBC.
Coast explores the natural forces at work in changing our coastline and how we have used the coast to live and how man made structures have changed the coastline for better or in many cases for worse.
It is an epic journey began by explorer Nicholas Crane and when he starts walking from Dover several months later he ends up back in the place where he started. There are 13 programmes in the series. He has several experts looking at marine life, archaeology, social history, zoology and geology of our island that we call Great Britain.
Every show is fascinating to watch. Facts, stories of the past, stunning photography, lovely views, beautiful sounds of birds and sound of sea, makes you think that we live in a majestic country.
The list of episodes is:
1. Dover to Exmouth
2. Exmouth to Bristol
3. Bristol to Cardigan Bay
4. Cardigan Bay to the Dee
5. Liverpool to Solway Firth
6. Northern Ireland
7. West Coast of Scotland and Western Isles
8. Cape Wrath to Orkney
9. John O'Groats to Berwick
10. Berwick to Whitby
11. Robins Hood's Bay to Hunstanton
12. Hunstanton to Dover
There is something for everyone. The coastline changes dramatically and no one place is the same.
Coast was produced in conjuction with the Open University so there is a feel of history teacher naration
This actually was the first series, so far three have been shown on BBC and two more are commissioned.
The series was brilliant whe i watched it on Tv so i bought the DVD of the series because i thought it was so good. The series looks at three main aspects of the coast of the British Isles. The coast itself and how the land is making way for the sea, the history of the coastal areas, with stories of smugglers, ship wrecks, and ancient mines. It also looks at the wild life on the coasts of the British Isles.
One of the main things i liked about it was when they did the area where you live in or where you used to live, and you find out so much about your area of coast that you never knew before. One such thing about the British Isles was the you are never more than 73 miles from the Sea in the British Isles, I thought it would be much more than that. A great series, and even better on the DVD with extras.
There have been many attempts at producing an all-inclusive documentary series that captures something of the very essence of the British Isles. With such a subject obviously there are limitations on the scope of the program, the vastness of the subject requires that any show would have to approach the task from a certain angle. Two recent offerings had Alan Titchmarsh looking at the natural history of the land and David Dimbleby looking at the subject through its cultural heritage, paintings, music and the landscapes that inspired them. Coast, as the name suggests is a specific look at the nations shoreline, its people, industries, history and wildlife. Even putting these constrains on the matter at hand, its still a mammoth task to fit 12000 miles of coastline into thirteen shows but the result is a remarkable, informative and totally watchable series that explores a wealth of fascinating human stories through a mixture of expert comment, contemporary storytelling and computer-generated images. This is the coast as never seen before.
The success of any such program lies firstly with the host, and in geographer Nicholas Crane they managed to find the right mix of enthusiasm, eloquence and charisma, a man totally in love with his subject. Previously the host of Map Man a series that combined cartography and history and actually made them interesting, you get the impression that he would be happy to walk the coast of Britain whether the cameras were there or not, the fact that he is being paid to do this is merely an added bonus. This is little more formidable than a man armed with a love of his country, a walking stick and a pair of Wellingtons. Although in Crane they found the perfect host, the series makers took the sensible step of using four co-presenters, all specialists in their chosen field to help present the stories that make the show. Neil Oliver is a historian and writer who was first seen co-hosting the excellent Two Men in a Trench and he handles the purely historical stories be it the Belfast shipyards that launched the Titanic or exploring the rise of the British holiday camp he manages to mix a serious delivery of the information with warmth and humour. Mark Horton, known from Time Team and Time Flyers covers the archaeological topics and when a more anthropological handle is required, the flame hair anatomist Alice Roberts takes the reins. The team is completed by zoologist Miranda Krestovnikoff who seems to spend a lot of her time actually in or at least on the water dealing with such topics as marine conservation and pollution.
The format is simple, each of the shows deals with one piece of the coastline and in four or five stories deals with the history, both human and natural, inhabitants, jobs, pastimes, maritime issues, wildlife, and much more of that stretch of the coast. The whole thirteen episodes take you around the whole of the British Isles, Dover to Dover and include the Northern Irish coast as well. There are obviously a lot of individual presentations included in the series and to talk about them all would be not only time consuming but would also spoil the joy of viewing the show. Some of the highlights for me were Neil Oliver in Alderney talking to a man who spent time in the only German prison camp to be built on English soil in the Second World War and Nicholas Crane detailing the history of the bridge building in the Menai Straights before canoeing through its difficult waters. Miranda Krestovnikoffs finest hour came in western Scotland when she swam with Minke Whales. In southeast England Alice Roberts found evidence of early human migration to this country during an inter-ice age and Mark Horton presented a fascinating piece about a wreck from the Spanish Armada that went down off of the Antrim coast. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg it gives you some idea of the scope that this series covers, a range of tales spanning thousands of years and of a very diverse nature. Often however it is the coast itself that is the star of the show, acting as a backdrop to every story there is a wonder range of scenery, wide mudflats, sand dunes, wild storm ravaged cliffs and the every present expanse of sea that makes us an island in the first place. The thirteenth show in the series is slightly different from the previous dozen as it looks to the future and deals with what may be in store for our shores in the years ahead. The coast is a quickly evolving place, sea level rises and erosion are constantly reshaping the very face of the map and with issues such as pollution, wildlife conservation and alternative power sources being important considerations for the future, this program ends the trip looking into and unpredictable future.
The series was a joint project between the Open University and the BBC and manages to combine the educational prowess of the former with the style and quality of the latter. The programs are shown regularly on UKTV Documentaries but a box set is available for around £40.00 new and cheaper through places such as e-bay and Amazon market place. The time is right to experience the grandeur and diversity that is this nations coast, so don your walking boots and grab your waterproofs and head off out of that door nah, sod that just buy the series and let the experts do it for you.
The nation's love affair with the coast will be reawakened for this entertaining and ambitious exploration of the entire UK coastline. Every part of the 9,000-mile coast is covered to explore how we've shaped it - and how it shapes us. Hosted by a team of history and geography experts who investigate everything from life on a nuclear submarine; rebuilding the Titanic using computer images; the story behind the first Butlins holiday camp; and the birth of the Severn Bore. Discover the curious, sometimes dysfunctional, relationship between the British and the seas.