Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History 4 January 2022: Tuesday on BBC Four

Home Waters to High Seas – Episode 1 of 3 – Shipwrecks are the nightmare we have forgotten – the price Britain paid for ruling the waves from an island surrounded by treacherous rocks. The result is a coastline that is home to the world’s highest concentration of sunken ships. But shipwrecks also changed the course of British history, helped shape our national character and drove innovations in seafaring technology, as well as gripping our imagination.

In this three-part series, maritime historian Dr Sam Willis looks at how and why the shipwreck came to loom so large. He begins with the embarrassing story of the top-heavy Mary Rose, the freak wrecking of the Spanish Armada and the terrifying real-life disasters at sea that inspired two of the greatest of all castaway tales – Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.



About Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History

Maritime historian Dr Sam Willis looks at how and why the shipwreck came to loom so large in British history.

This show is broadcast on BBC Four, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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