The Channel: The Worlds Busiest Waterway Series 1
The English Channel is the world’s busiest waterway: 400 ships pass through the 21-mile-wide Dover Strait every day. It defines our border with Europe, but has brought us closer to it: the free flow of goods and people has transformed our economy and our lives.
The first episode captures the Channel’s rush hour – two weeks in summer when freight lorries share the ferries with 250,000 holidaymakers, as ferry captain Mark tries to steer his 35,000-tonne ship across the sea lanes, while dealing with drunken passengers.
This episode exploring areas of the English Channel that have never been filmed before. The programme follows the work of British head of maintenance Vince – the man charged with keeping the tunnel moving – and one of its longest-serving engineers, Richard, who helped to build the tunnel back in 1988.
This episode follows the work of Dave, manager of the Nemo Project, a multi-million-pound electricity cable being laid between Britain and Belgium, as he attempts to stick to the schedule to avoid delays which could cost a six-figure sum. Meanwhile, the project has pushed fisherman Steve out of his fishing grounds, and already hampered by EU fishing quotas, Steve hopes for a different future on Brexit.
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.