Britain's Biggest Warship

Crewing Up

Series 1 - Episode 1 Crewing Up

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Review

Naval documentaries are Chris Terrill’s speciality – he’s master (and commander) of the genre. So who better to explore every strake and rivet of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most advanced warship yet built in Britain? Previews were lost at sea, but we’re promised an in-depth look at the ultra-modern aircraft carrier as ship and crew are put through their paces during sea trials.

In this first episode, Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 sailors begin to arrive in Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, where the ship is still under construction. Once they’ve completed fire and flood training (not straightforward), they must take the vast vessel to sea for the first time.

Summary

Film-maker Chris Terrill captures an intimate and personal portrait of life on board ultra-modern super aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, as its crew learns the intricacies of a warship that will change the way Britain goes to war. In this first instalment, early 2016 sees sailors begin to arrive in Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where the ship is still in construction, but nearing completion. Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 sailors are assembling to take the prototype warship to sea for the first time. These trials herald what should be 50 years of service.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Caroline Catz
Director Chris Terrill
Executive Producer Christine Hall
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