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Villages by the Sea

Series 1


Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North East & CumbriaLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 2 months

Archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers the story of the monks and villagers of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast.

Our coastal villages are often seen as remote places for retreat and relaxation. However, they have often been on the front line of history - from the arrival of Christianity to battles with neighbours and nature; from slave trading to the birth of modern tourism.

From Holy Island, monks spread Christianity to the rest of Northern England and created one of Britain’s finest treasures – the Lindisfarne Gospels. Viking attacks caused the monks to flee but the village survived. Today the community has to share their village with thousands of tourists.
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Ben Robinson
Chris Jackson
Executive Producer:
Tony Parker
Executive Producer:
Diana Hare

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