Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea

Series 3 - 4. Timothy Spall: All at Sea: The Last Splash

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

Come on, Tim! After 2,500 miles, 91 ports and six years, the end is in sight, but not before the crew gets lost and our heavy-hearted skipper calls the coastguard. It says a lot about Tim that, although he’s embarrassed and apologetic to his rescuers, he turns the situation around by his delight at having met such “lovely people”.

So savour this last half-hour of poignant observation and cordial humour, with a splash of maritime history. We’re reminded that when Tim nearly died from leukaemia, he felt the call of the sea, and the seeds of this personal odyssey were sown. It’s no surprise, then, to see Tim and wife Shane in tears near journey’s end. You will be, too.

About this programme

4/4. The Spalls embark on the final leg of their journey around Britain's coastline aboard the Princess Matilda, beginning at Shotley Marina in Suffolk. They then sail through the Walton Backwaters and out into the North Sea, before heading to Brightlingsea in Essex. They pick up friends including actress Frances Barber for the next part of the journey, which involves travelling to Chatham in Kent - but a night-time navigation of the River Medway sees them run into serious difficulties, and a panicked Tim is forced to contemplate calling the coastguard.

Cast and crew


Shane Spall
Timothy Spall