For 9000 years the English Channel was Britain’s natural border. But a decade ago, a treaty was signed that effectively moved our border to France. It turned a checkpoint into a flashpoint. This episode follows the struggle at Britain’s border during the first summer since the camp known as the Jungle was demolished, and the first since Britain decided to leave Europe.
For how much longer can Britain keep people who want to come here over there? Cross-Channel ferry captain Mark and his crew guard their ship from migrants desperate to board it. The programme also meets Stuart, a businessman from Surrey who runs a private high-security truck stop in Calais where drivers can have their vehicles checked for migrants.
Meanwhile, Pascal, who works for the Mayor of Calais, hopes that a TV advert aimed at British viewers will change the image of the troubled town, rebranding it as a tourist destination. But the reality for lorry drivers like Roger is that he must scour his truck every time he crosses the border, or risk being fined thousands of pounds if a stowaway gets on board.
Series Dir: Owen Gower
Series Prod: Will Rowson
Exec Prods: Alistair Pegg, Jon Stephens, Edmund Coulthard
Prod Co: Blast! Films
The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway Episode 4 (of 4) airs Wednesday 20 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.