All at Sea

Thursday, 13 May 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

All At Sea is a brand new series which sees six TV personalities embark on a sailing tour of the beautiful south coast of Britain.

Mark Durden-Smith, Nick Hancock, Richard Madeley, Dawn Porter, Rosemary Shrager, and Bradley Walsh split into two groups before making the journey from Cornwall to Kent, stopping off to see the sights along the way.

The groups make their trip in a variety of different vessels, from a luxury yacht to a 1930s motor torpedo boat and a pirate ship to a fishing trawler. Guided by each vessel’s crew, they learn how to sail the boats and take in the hidden gems of the English coast, which can only be appreciated from the sea.

There is good-natured banter and friendly rivalry as well as laughs and stories along the way as the personalities are taken out of the comfort of a studio and sent out to the open sea with only each other for company. Will they find their sea legs and can they stomach each other?

The journey is split into three legs and the first episode sees the celebrities sail from Cornwall to Devon, taking in Richard and Judy’s holiday home, an island thought to have been visited by Jesus, ancient ruins and a spot of deep sea fishing.

Both teams start in Falmouth in Cornwall and the first week sees Richard lead his team of Dawn and Nick in a classic 1960s motor launch while Bradley leads Rosemary and Mark in a 250 tonne fishing trawler.

As Richard, Dawn and Nick sip champagne and take in their solid wood and polished brass surroundings, they decide who will be sleeping in which plush cabin and discuss whether or not anyone snores.

Richard has owned a home in Cornwall for ten years and explains that he is keen to show the area off to his cabin mates. The first part of their journey takes them up the river Fal where they meet waterways expert Peter Newman, whose family have lived on the river for 75 years. He tells the team about the area and explains that the arresting sight of vast container ships and car transporters moored in the river is because the vessels are out of use due to the credit crunch.

Back out to sea the team move along the coast and call at the Tregothnan Estate, home to Britain’s first tea plantation.

After their first night on the boat they awake refreshed, with Dawn saying it is the best night’s sleep she’s had in ages. However, Nick has a slight complaint and needles Richard with the fact that he snores.

The next stop on their trip is Talland Bay, where Richard and wife Judy have a holiday home. As they approach the bay, Richard explains: “It’s so pretty, it really is. I know Cornwall from the land, I know Cornwall from striding along beaches and walking over cliff tops. I have never explored Cornwall like this. Cornwall, for centuries, was cut off, you couldn’t get here, people did travel along the coast, this is actually the traditional way of discovering Cornwall.”

The trio visit Richard’s home and, despite being lashed with rain, he insists on taking them through his garden to admire the view and point out the scene of one of the biggest drug hauls the country has ever seen. As the rain and wind whip around them, Nick muses sarcastically: “I wonder why people go abroad when they can have this.”

The rain stops and the team get back on board to sail by Looe Island which, legend has it, Jesus visited when he was a ship’s carpenter on his uncle’s boat.

As they near the end of the trip, the boat sails into Devon and Salcombe where the team go ashore to board a helicopter which takes them along the coast to admire the stunning scenery.

They land in the grounds of a luxury country hotel where Richard challenges the others to a clay-pigeon shooting competition. Dawn is first up and does well, but Nick does better. He is then anxious as Richard matches his score of five successful hits and, as Richard misses the sixth clay pigeon, although it only means their scores are equal, Nick does a lap of honour around the garden in celebration.

On the fishing trawler, Bradley is leading the way and, with his self-confessed obsession with all things related to pirates and smuggling, he’s hoping to discover the darker side of Cornwall.

The first thing the team do is head out into some stomach churning waves to experience some deep-sea fishing.

Bradley says: “You need to experience this. There’s no point sitting around having a nice time fishing, you have to see what it’s all about.”

As local fisherman Jeff teaches them the best technique for catching a fish, Bradley adds: “I could sit here all day really because it’s beautiful isn’t it? This is the first time ever I’ve been deep sea fishing, but I can understand what the appeal of it is. That’s why I like golf, because it’s sometimes a bit solitary, you can take your time.”

Bradley’s relaxed attitude to fishing turns out to prove successful, much to the annoyance of Rosemary and Mark, who can’t seem to get a bite. Eventually Rosemary catches her first fish and immediately fillets it and serves it with soy sauce to Bradley and Mark.

When the boat docks the trio go ashore with their fish and Rosemary doles out the jobs in the kitchen as she sets about cooking up a feast.

The next day the three of them visit Pendennis Castle, a 450 year old fortress which Henry VIII had built on the edge of the river Fal to stop invasions from France and Spain. The castle has many cannons which were used to defend the country, and Rosemary, Mark and Bradley have a chance to light the fuse.

Back on board they travel further down the dramatic coastline, calling at a cider farm owned by Prince Charles before stopping at the village of Polperro. Bradley is extremely excited as they head into the village – a popular hideaway for smugglers and pirates.

Rosemary reveals that she is going to have to be very patient with her sea-mates as she isn’t that interested in pirates, but even she gets excited as historian Jerry Johns regales them with his tales. Jerry, whose ancestors took part in the smuggling trade, says struggling fishermen would use their boats to bring rum and other contraband into the bay, which is known as the ‘hole in the wall’ because it is hidden from the sea.

Finally, as both teams finish the first part of their journey, they dock in Dartmouth ready to discover what vessel awaits them for the next leg.

All At Sea is produced by Ben Mitchell and Jon Turner. The executive producer is Tania Alexander.

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