Islands of Britain

(Rochester, NY) – The public’s image of the United Kingdom is generally dominated by the region’s four largest areas – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. However, few people know that the U.K. contains more than 6,000 different islands, each with their own unique and colorful local culture, cuisine, environment and history. Islands of Britain, airing Friday, May 2, 2014 at 9 p.m., brings viewers on a remarkable journey through some of the more intriguing islands in the Kingdom. Hosted by acclaimed actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) the three episodes, airing back-to-back on Friday evening, explore the fascinating stories found on these beautiful but remote communities.

Islands of Britain travels through the amazing landscapes and seascapes of these islands, profiling the eccentric locals along the way. In the series’ first episode, “The North,” Clunes visits the islands of Forvik in the Shetlands, which is occupied by just one man; Unst, where one man bears the responsibility of carrying on the land’s native Viking traditions; and Barra, oftentimes described as the most beautiful spot in Britain.

Episode two finds Clunes trekking to “The West,” to take in the islands off the coast of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Martin meets the traditional “King of Piel” on the tiny island of Piel in Cumbria; travels to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, surrounded by some of the most dangerous seas in England; and ventures to the Isle of Man, a traditional tax shelter in the middle of the Irish Sea. In the series’ final episode, “The South,” Clunes explores the islands off Britain’s south coast, including Sark – the last feudal state in Europe – and St. Michael’s Mount, a tiny island with only a castle and a few horses.

Featuring remarkable cinematography and an engaging host, Islands of Britain is a delightful jaunt around the forgotten jewels of the United Kingdom. 

Pictured: Host Martin Clunes 

 


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