Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast

Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

There’s an element of slow TV to this. The scene where workmen at Honister slate mine in Cumbria are chiselling off perfectly flat tiles from great hunks of rock is a pleasure to watch – it could happily make an hour’s documentary on BBC4. Or half an hour, anyway.

And that’s about the only activity Tony Robinson doesn’t join in with, as he crosses England from west to east, helping to make gourmet scotch eggs and craft beer as he goes. Fortunately, the have-a-go presenting doesn’t feel too contrived and even if it did, the landscapes are so pole-axingly beautiful it wouldn’t matter. Afternoon sunshine on a broad Cumbrian valley is more or less unbeatable.

Starting at the intriguingly named St Bees, Robinson helps himself to a pebble, which he plans to deliver to the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay on the other side of the country, and sets off, following in the footsteps of coast-to-coast pioneer Alfred Wainwright.

Summary

The actor and history buff negotiates northern England's Coast to Coast route, beginning in the Cumbrian village of St Bees, which though small boasts a sizable church. While travelling through the Lake District, Tony discovers the upper crust origins of the Scotch egg, then at the region's most westerly lake, meets a farmer taking a pioneering approach to protect the natural environment. After a spell in the mountains flanking the Honister Pass, Tony digs into the history of slate extraction, before heading to England's most remote youth hostel, nestled deep in the fells.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Executive Producer Colette Foster
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Series Director Chris Kershaw
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