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Sea City takes viewers into the beating heart of the community that works - and plays - around the shipping lanes which keep the supply lines of Britain open for business A team from BBC South has been given unique access to the port of Southampton - and the cargo and cruise ships that visit. One million passengers and 40 million tons of cargo are the lifeblood of one of the UK’s largest ports. Everything from the food that supplies our supermarkets to children’s Christmas toys arrives here – and over half a million new cars are loaded on and off every year. Southampton takes hundreds of people to keep it running, day in and day out. Filmed during the summer of 2012, the BBC film team were granted permission by ABP Southampton to show how the port is battling hard – in tough economic times – to help keep Britain afloat. The casual visitor to Southampton – and even many of its residents – have little idea about what goes on behind the dock gates. But like any industry, the port thrives on the personality and drive of highly skilled and unique characters. The programmes are narrated by John Altman, most closely associated with his role as Nick Cotton in Eastenders.
|S01E01||Episode 1||11/01/2013||In one of the port's biggest events of the year, cruise company P&O are gathering their entire fleet of seven ships for a review by the Princess Royal. It is a testing time for cruise and Southampton staff as they juggle passengers, luggage and logistics. The programme also meets port chaplain Rev Roger Stone and shows how one of the few female stevedores handling cargo deals with getting luxury cars loaded dent-free.|
|S01E02||Episode 2||25/01/2013||The second in a three-part documentary series about the Port of Southampton. The pilots who guide large ships into Southampton, assisted by the marine staff on patrol and those in the control tower, are at the heart of making the port work smoothly. They are challenged by the danger of ships going aground and by dealing with leisure craft which frequently get in the way of the safest route into Southampton. Plus the work involved in turnaround day for a cruise ship, and a family on board spring a birthday surprise for dad.|
|S01E03||Episode 3||01/02/2013||Three-part documentary series looking behind the scenes at the Port of Southampton. The 'C' team from the container terminal at Southampton try and move a record number of containers off a giant ship in a 12-hour shift. Crane driver Darren White's reputation is at stake as he tries to keep the momentum up while operating in his cab 50 metres up in the air. We also see the wheels come off for thieves trying to smuggle four stolen cars jam packed in a container, while at the Border Inspection Post, the Port Health team are on the lookout for dodgy food coming into Britain.|
|S00E01||Band School||24/01/2016||At the Royal Marines School of music in Portsmouth candidates battle it out for a career in the Royal Marines Band Service, one of the finest bands in the world.|
|S00E02||Changing Tyne||24/01/2016||For centuries it's been Tyneside's industrial heart. So how is life changing on the river?|
|S00E03||Learning the Ropes||24/01/2016||How new challenges and old skills make Plymouth one of Britain's most vibrant and exciting maritime cities.|
|S00E05||The Humber Estuary||24/01/2016||Dock workers in Hull deal with a rare cruise ship visit in a hectic ten-hour turnaround of passengers and baggage. Two best friends become rivals in the powerboat racing grand prix of the sea. And we go behind the scenes with the teams keeping the treacherous waters of the Humber open for shipping.|