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MARTIN CLUNES: ISLANDS OF BRITAIN (THE NORTH)

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MARTIN CLUNES: ISLANDS OF BRITAIN
THE NORTH
MARTIN CLUNES: ISLANDS OF BRITAIN - Ep. 1 THE NORTH - MARTIN CLUNES sets off on a journey through hidden Britain, exploring some of the 1000 or so islands around the coast of the UK. In the three-part series, he travels from the country's far northern oceans, to wild western waters, and to the southerly seas. Martin meets the people who live on the islands of Britain, shares their experiences and finds out what it's really like to wake up each day surrounded by water. In the first programme, Martin explores remote Scottish islands. He begins his journey on Muckle Flugga, the most northerly outpost of the British Isles. At one time, the tiny island had a tiny population - lighthouse men - who could sometimes be stranded for months. Now, only the wildlife remains. Next stop is Forvik in the Shetlands, occupied by just one man "STUART HILL " who has declared independence from the rest of Britain and invited the Queen to come and visit him in his tent. He's still awaiting an answer. Martin's final stop in the Shetlands is Unst, the most northerly inhabited island in the country. There he meets Derek, who's the island's chief Viking, and responsible for maintaining Unst's Norse traditions. He visits one of the island's vast colonies of gannets, a strange bus shelter equipped with sofa and TV, and a musical evening with songs in Shetlandic - in the island's community centre. Martin then heads for the Outer Hebrides, and the island of Lewis and Harris. It's an island of strong traditions - protestant Christianity and tweed weaving among them. Another tradition is deerstalking, which now attracts wealthy tourists from around the world. Martin joins a stalking party and learns that it's a way of generating income for island, as well as culling deer - essential for their long-term survival on the hills. After a day's hiking, the stalking party get close to killing a stag - before it takes fright and escapes. The next destination is the remote island of Eigg, with its 80 inhabitants. Many of them were attracted to live on the island by a former owner, who advertised for people keen to create an island idyll. The islanders took this to heart, bought the island for themselves and tried to become self-sufficient in many ways - power generation and house building among them. Martin hikes to the top of the huge volcanic crag that dominates the island; joins an islanders' beach party; and goes lobster fishing with Scruff, a Glasgow joiner who came to Eigg on holiday and stayed for good. Martin's final stop is Barra, the westernmost inhabited island in Britain. Barra has picture postcard scenery and is often described as the most beautiful island in the country. It certainly has the most remarkable airport; the runway is the beach, which disappears under water twice a day when the tide comes in. Martin discovers that Barra is a hospitable place. He's invited to lunch with local musician DONNY MacNEIL and friends, who tell him that there's a real family spirit on the island. Kay, a newcomer who runs a kiting business, confirms the welcoming nature of Barra people, as Martin tries - with limited success - to master her kite buggy. Martin attends a religious ceremony to bless fishing boats before attending a traditional ceilidh in the evening. At the conclusion of his journey, Martin reflects that living on remote islands seems to encourage a powerful community spirit among the people who live there. Contributors - ANGELA FRASER BEN CORMACK BENJAMIN & BRONI BRYDON THOMASON CATHERINE MACNEIL CHRIS DYER - Archeologist CLARE MACLEOD DEREK JAMIESON (& Children) DONALD MACNEIL & GERRY DONNA MACCULLOCK EDDIE SCOTT EDEN CAIRN & MUNRO SIMPSON EDMUND M. NICOLSON ERIN & HEATHER FERGUSSON FELCIA GREEN IAIN D CAMPBELL & CONGREGATION INNES MORRISON JOE CORMACK JOE GILLES - Airport Controller JON PULLEY JONATHAN TUNMORE KAY GILBERT LUCY (NEE CONWAY) SCOTT MAIRI COUTTS MICHAEL ANDERSON (Father) MINISTER & CROWD NICK SCOTT RICHARD BARTON ROBERT BROWN (Grandfather) RORY MACNEIL STUART HILL STUART MILLAR TONY MOUAT VATERSAY BOYS (Ceilidh Band) With thanks to - ATLANTIC AIRWAYS EASTERN AIRWAYS
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Presenter - MARTIN CLUNES Theme Music - SIMON RUSSELL Associate Producer - CLAIRE MEECH Series Producer - MARTIN SMALL Producer/Director - BARBIE MACLAURIN Executive Producers - JEREMY PHILLIPS, PHILIPPA BRAITHWAITE ITV Studios Limited 2009 An ITV Productions and Buffalo Pictures co-production for ITV
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