Britain at Low Tide

Britain at Low Tide

Series 1 - Episode 1



When the sea goes out, it exposes remarkable things. Not just seaweed, shells and the remains of someone’s picnic but also evidence of our history. That might be prehistoric footprints or the remnants of a u-boat, a forgotten fortress or even the world’s first lifeboat station.

In this Time Team-cum-Coast series Alex Langlands and Tori Herridge join coastal archaeologists as they scramble around our seashores recording their finds. In Howick, Northumberland, they learn about the fate of the French trawler Tadorne and at Beadnall they try to identify the purpose of a stone structure that once stretched out into “the German Ocean” – was it a pier or a breakwater?


Tori Herridge and Alex Langlands set out to document Britain's industrial and natural maritime history, using state-of-the-art technology to comb the nation's exposed coastlines during times of low tide. They first head out to the Northumbrian coastline, to investigate the tragic story of a French fishing trawler that was wrecked off shore in 1913.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dr Tori Herridge
Presenter Dr Alex Langlands
Director Michael Waterhouse
Executive Producer Brendan Hughes
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Series Producer Michael Waterhouse
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