The Secret Life of Lighthouses

Genre: History

Duration: 3x60

Year of Production: 2020

Production Company: October Films

Broadcaster: Channel 5

Definition: HD

Presenter Rob Bell takes us on a voyage around Britain and Ireland to reveal the hidden secrets that make offshore lighthouses such extraordinary feats of engineering.

Braving the awesome might of the North Atlantic to the tempestuous moods of the North Sea, Rob takes a look behind closed doors to crack the code of these of these enigmatic structures. Along the way, he meets local fishermen and lighthouse keepers to hear stories of ship wrecks, disasters averted and lives saved. Engineers, authors and historians give us 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.

Each episode 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 around our coastline. In some of the worst storms of recent years, Rob sees for himself how these stoic monoliths were built in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth.

Series 1: 3x60 | HD | 2020