Britain at Low Tide

Fife

Series 2 - Episode 6 Fife

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Review

Tori Herridge’s charming and informative series ends in Fife and the Firths of Tay and the Forth. It’s a coastline rich in archaeological treasures, not to mention long sandy beaches. These look gentle, but go out to sea and it’s a different story of savage rocks and deceptive currents.

Herridge and the team examine the wreckage of a boat and try to decide whether it was involved in the salvage operation after the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879, when a train plunged into the sea after the bridge collapsed in a storm. More than 70 people are believed to have died.

They also look at the shore’s salt pans, heart of a booming, hugely profitable industry from the 16th century.

Summary

In Fife, Tori Herridge explores a wreck close to the scene of one of Britain's worst railway disasters, and assesses the role it played in the rescue operation. A series of holes in rocks on the foreshore lead Tori and the archaeologists to the story of an industry that once dominated the local shoreline, and depended wholly on the power of the sea. She also examines stone carvings left in caves by one of Scotland's oldest tribes. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dr Tori Herridge
Director Catherine Abbott
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Executive Producer Brendan Hughes
Series Producer Michael Waterhouse
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