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Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History: Home Waters to High Seas (BBC Four Thursday 13 July 2023)

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Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History

Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History: Home Waters to High Seas airs Thursday 13 July 2023 on BBC Four.

What can we expect from this episode

The nightmare we have forgotten is shipwrecks; they were the price Britain paid to rule the seas from a small island surrounded by dangerous reefs. As a result, this stretch of coast features the largest number of shipwrecks in the world. In addition to capturing the public’s attention and imagination, shipwrecks have altered the course of British history, shaped the country’s identity, and prompted advances in maritime technology.

Dr. Sam Willis, a maritime historian, examines the origins of the shipwreck and its disproportionate prominence in this three-part series. He begins with the disgraceful sinking of the Mary Rose, the bizarre destruction of the Spanish Armada, and the terrifying real-life disasters at sea that inspired two of the greatest of all castaway stories: Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

When can we see the episode

Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History: Home Waters to High Seas airs Thursday 13 July 2023 at 8.00pm on BBC Four

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

Featured Image: Rob Bent, Stacey Solomon, Dilly Carter, Iwan Carrington (BBC/Optomen Television/Neil Kent) Featured Image: Rob Bent, Stacey Solomon, Dilly Carter, Iwan Carrington (BBC/Optomen Television/Neil Kent)
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