The Secret Life of Lighthouses

Genre: History, Spring 22

Duration: 2 series 6x60

Year of Production: 2020-2022

Production Company: October Films

Broadcaster: Channel 5

Definition: HD

Shining a light on some of history’s most incredible beacons

Presenter Rob Bell is our guide in this three-part journey to discover the secrets of Britain’s most extraordinary feats of engineering. Braving the awesome might of the North Atlantic to the tempestuous moods of the North Sea, Rob looks behind closed doors to crack the code of these enigmatic structures. Along the way, he meets local fishermen and lighthouse keepers to hear stories of shipwrecks, disasters averted, local communities served, and lives saved.

Each episode in this new series is led by an iconic lighthouse with its feet in a different sea, as Rob takes a tour of the unique challenges that were to be overcome. Engineers, authors, and historians provide in-depth insight into the pioneering innovations, feats of endurance and ingenious techniques that propelled offshore lighthouses to the cutting edge of scientific and technological advances.

Series 2: 3 x 60’

Series 1: 3 x 60’