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Narrated by Game of Thrones star James Cosmo, this lively six-part obs doc follows the extraordinary characters who live, work and fish in Peterhead.
Peterhead might look like a sleepy picture postcard port, but it is a hub of activity with approximately 151,000 tonnes of fish coming ashore every year - valued at £167 million in business terms. Life is never dull for the crews whose search for the best fish takes them into the dangerous waters of the remote Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Back on shore the work is just as tough. 24-year-old fish buyer Jason is up early to haggle at the morning markets and quality advisor Alison Sherrington is in charge of the opening of a brand new £50m state-of-the-art fish market.
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Series Two: In production ( 6x30')
In this first episode we meet crews from two boats, the Reliance and the Ocean Endeavour, who both call Peterhead their home. Both crews have a rookie aboard their ships, as they head out to separate fishing grounds the newbies are put through their paces and shown what life is really like on a Scottish fishing boat. Back on shore, 24 year old fish buyer Jason is at Peterhead fish market competing with ten other buyers for the mornings finest fish.Screener
The trawler Reliance faces several challenges on a fishing trip off the Shetland Isles, the crew manage a patch job on the hydralulic pipe break, but the boat has to sail back to Peterhead for emergency repairs. Out in the Norwegian sea the Rosebloom and its sister ship the Boy John are boarded by the ‘fish police.’ Skipper Sandy is worried as the Norwegian coastguard have far reaching powers. Back on land, fish buyer Jason Jack is on the floor of his family’s factory, trying to make sure that the fish he’s bought get processed and packed up in time to be loaded onto lorries that will take it to customers across the UK and Europe.Screener
In this episode fishing boat Zenith sets out from Fraserburgh, after a few setbacks, young skipper Adam Roberson starts landing huge hauls of fish. Meanwhile the Peterhead boat Amity is on its way to a fishing ground near the Shetland Isles when it runs into trouble. Something is tangled in the propeller, Phil manages to clear the obstruction and make it to his fishing ground. After weeks of poor fishing, Phil and his Filipino crew need a good catch but the fish prove elusive. Back in town, a 300-tonne trawler comes into Peterhead port for a paint job.Screener
When the Reliance reaches their new fishing ground they have some unexpected company; two Russian warships that are just seventy miles off the Scottish coast. John’s choice of location pays off and he steams home with a boat load. On the Amity, skipper Phil Reid is trying a different fishing ground to see if he can find a decent catch. But the hauls are disappointing and even a change in the weather conditions doesn’t bring a change in fortune. At the fishing equivalent to the Oscars, Phil has a tense wait to find out if he’s won an award for a new kind of net he’s developed.Screener
The Boy John sets out from Peterhead harbour in search of whitefish and steams for 24 hours to reach the remote Norwegian sector of the north sea. The boat burns over a thousand pounds in fuel just to get there but the catches are poor. Skipper Jonny McLeman is feeling the pressure and to make matters worse his net gets stuck on an oil pipeline. Back on land, at Peterhead’s busy fish market, quality advisor Allison Sherrington is doing her rounds at the early-morning sale. But a big change is coming: the harbour authority has built a huge new state-of-the-art fishmarket as part of a £50m redevelopment and it’s Allison’s job to make sure it opens on time.Screener
In the remote Norwegian sector of the north sea, the Boy John manages to free its stuck net and starts getting good hauls of fish. The fish hold fills up and the mood on the boat lightens. The Zenith has moved to a busy fishing ground that’s being criss-crossed by eleven other boats. Skipper Paul notices that his boat is on a collision course with another trawler, but there’s no response from the other boat’s wheelhouse when Paul calls them on the radio. Back on land, Allison is showing environmental health inspectors round Peterhead’s new state of the art fish market. If it doesn’t pass this strict inspection the new market won’t be able to open. It’s a nervous wait for Allison as the inspectors make their decision.Screener
- Format : 6 x 30'
- Production company : Firecrest Films
- Year of production : 2018
- Commissioning channels : BBC Scotland
- Availability : 18/04/2019