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0101From Landscape To Seascape20180326

The view from the famous White Cliffs through millennia.

Series examining how the English Channel has affected British identity through time.

Professor Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London goes back 450,000 years, to a time when our ancestors could walk across a rock ridge from the chalk cliffs near Calais to our own at Dover. At the British Museum, Nick Ashton, Curator of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic collections, shows him artefacts that provide evidence they did.

The Channel is a reflection on the stretch of water that both separates us from and connects us to Europe. The series examines how this waterway has affected our British identity through time, and continues to do so.

Music composed by Phil Channell

Producer: Marya Burgess.

0102Literary Passages20180327

From Dickens to Barnes, Professor Dominic Rainsford explores the literature of the Channel

Series examining how the English Channel has affected British identity through time.

Dominic Rainsford, Professor of Literature in English at Aarhus University, Denmark, explores how the writings of Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo and Julian Barnes expose our relationship with the Channel. In the company of Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, he examines the artefacts that reveal the novelist's extreme familiarity with the Dover Strait.

The Channel is a reflection on the stretch of water that both separates us from and connects us to Europe. The series examines how this waterway has affected our British identity through time, and continues to do so.

Music composed by Phil Channell

Producer: Marya Burgess.

0103Cross-channel Journal20180328

Memories of crossing the Channel in childhood, and how the means have changed over time.

Series examining how the English Channel has affected British identity through time.

Writer Alba Arikha, born in Paris and living in London, reflects on her own experiences of crossing the Channel and compares them with the accounts of others.

The Channel is a reflection on the stretch of water that both separates us from and connects us to Europe. The series examines how this waterway has affected our British identity through time, and continues to do so.

Music composed by Phil Channell

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

0104The Shared Sea20180329

The fluid frontier.

Series examining how the English Channel has affected British identity through time.

Dr Renaud Morieux, senior lecturer in History at Cambridge University, explores where in The Channel England ends and France begins, and examines how that understanding has influenced peace, conflict and trade. In the company of Dr Susan Foister, Deputy Director of the National Gallery, he reflects on what Turner's painting of Calais Pier reveals of the Channel at the time.

The Channel is a reflection on the stretch of water that both separates us from and connects us to Europe. The series examines how this waterway has affected our British identity through time, and continues to do so.

Music composed by Phil Channell

Producer: Marya Burgess.

0105Making The Crossing20180330

From the Beaujolais Run to the building of the Tunnel, a journalist's tales.

Series examining how the English Channel has affected British identity through time.

Christine Finn, who covered The Channel for local press and TV through the 1980s-90s, examines recent developments in our relationship with the Strait as our portal to Europe as she meets those making the crossing on the DFDS Cote des Dunes.

The Channel is a reflection on the stretch of water that both separates us from and connects us to Europe. The series examines how this waterway has affected our British identity through time, and continues to do so.

Music composed by Phil Channell

Producer: Marya Burgess.