Britain's Lost Waterlands: Escape to Swallows and Amazons Country

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Britain's Lost Waterlands: Escape to Swallows and Amazons Country


With the Swallows and Amazons film due out later in summer 2016, the rather unlikely presenting duo of engineer and sailing enthusiast Dick Strawbridge and Dr Alice Roberts go searching for the landscapes immortalised by author Arthur Ransome. Strawbridge (beaming, boyish, massive military moustache) pootles around the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads while Roberts focuses gamely on the wildlife of Ransome country, before they meet up and talk about how wonderful it all was.

It makes for a gentle bucolic diversion that isn’t just for Ransome fans: it’s for anyone who likes filling a rainy summer holiday with sheep, sailing and copper mines.


Presenters Dick Strawbridge and Professor Alice Roberts explore the British landscapes that inspired children's author Arthur Ransome to write his famous series Swallows and Amazons. Strawbridge uses vintage boats to investigate three iconic waterlands - the Lake District, the Norfolk broads, and the Suffolk coastline - while Roberts takes a look at the shore lines.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dick Strawbridge
Presenter Professor Alice Roberts
Editor Amanda Young
Executive Producer Andrea Cornes
Executive Producer Fiona Ryder
Producer Phil Coles
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