Pubs, Ponds and Power: The Story of the Village

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South West

Series 1 - Episode 3 South West



Archaeologist Ben Robinson continues to unearth the often grim stories behind the growth of picture-postcard English villages. Today he’s in the Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac, familiar to many viewers as the home of Doc Martin, but which Robinson pinpoints as an incubator of an entrepreneurial spirit that capitalised on international trade in the Tudor period.

Telling a story spanning centuries in half an hour means Robinson whips along at a brisk pace, but his brief lessons in geography, economics, marine biology and sociology explain succinctly how Port Isaac grew into a booming port until its decline in the 19th century and subsequent rebirth as a 20th-century tourist attraction.


Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the history of the fishing village of Port Isaac in Cornwall, discovering a place where people exploited a range of natural resources to make a living and find profits far beyond Britain's shores.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ben Robinson
Executive Producer Tony Parker
Producer Philip Tuckett
Series Producer Diana Hare