When The Boat Comes In

SURPRISE TV hit of the week is a series about offshore fishermen based in the north east of Scotland.
BBC1’s Trawlermen netted five million viewers on its first trip out to the stormy North Sea on Monday night.
That’s just two million fewer than the number watching top soap Emmerdale at the same time – and a massive three million more than ITV1’s multi-million pound flop Love Island.
It’s a fascinating “eat, sleep, fish” series about a hidden – and dangerous – world, featuring the crews of several boats playing for high stakes.

Jimmy Buchan (above) is skipper of prawn boat Amity, friendly rival to trawler Fruitful Bough, captained by James West, one of the most successful prawn boats in Peterhead. Its crew includes two of James’s brothers.

Screened at 7pm every night this week, the cast also includes whitefish trawler Ocean Venture, skippered by John Buchan. In last night’s episode, he was facing a poor haul, an empty hold and torn nets.
Tonight’s edition sees Ocean Venture fishing at The Edge, only 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Having failed to catch enough fish, John is taking a huge risk in the deep and treacherous waters of the North Atlantic.
Amity (below) is back to the business of catching prawns. Jimmy and his crew have been at sea for almost a week, with little to show for their efforts except for some ripped nets. They are about to face a serious setback.
One TV critic has already wondered if any of the prawns caught on screen were bound for sandwiches at Old Trafford. It’s not so easy to make jokes when you’re facing a Force 10 gale, but the crews have to grin and get on with it.
Offshore fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain. Last year, 34 UK boats and nine crew members were lost at sea.
If you haven’t seen Trawlermen yet, take a look. It’ll certainly put a bad day at the office into perspective.



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15 responses to “When The Boat Comes In

  1. patrick kowalski

    Hi this was a brilliant programme if it is available on dvd anywhere please get back to me

  2. Arran Dray

    I’m 13, I have my own boat, and after watching the programme it’s inspired me to go out fishing more. I went out today and it was ok. Saw a brilliant thunder storm. I was catching bass and mullet. I taped the programme and watch it a lot. Hope your’re doing well.

  3. Gail Quick

    Is a DVD still available?

  4. Ian Wylie

    As far as I know, Trawlermen is not currently available on DVD.

  5. Ian Wylie

    Trawlermen begins a repeat run on BBC1, 7.30pm Monday January 8th 2007.

  6. Robert Collier

    Where can i find work as a crewmen on a trawler?

  7. Ian Wylie

    Robert – I’m not really the right person to ask. If you don’t live near a fishing port, you might find this link useful:
    Or go to your nearest Job Centre and ask for advice.

  8. jellybean

    great telly for a change love the programe. would like a copy to send to an old Peterheader living in the states.

  9. harry tyson

    is there a dvd of it?

  10. Ian Wylie

    Harry – still no sign of any DVD release, I’m afraid.

  11. bob

    Are there any jobs going down there on The Amity?

  12. Alistair More

    Hi There,
    I was a North sea fisherman for 16 years before I moved out to New Zealand. I managed to see the first two series which I have watched several times now. However, I have been unable to get the most recent series from anywhere and I understand it’s not out on DVD yet? Can you help?

  13. Ian Wylie

    Hi Alistair – I’d expect series three to be out on DVD in the first half of 2009.

  14. liam thomas

    im 15 ive got a orkney i go fishing all the time on anglesey .. i loved the programme

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