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Britain's Whale Hunters: The Untold Story 2014
TV-14

  • 2017-10-23T21:00:00+01:00s at 2017-10-23T21:00:00+01:00 on BBC Four
  • 2014-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 2 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary

Adam Nicolson focuses on the controversial work of whale hunters as he tries to understand why the population of the water-dwelling mammals was so drastically reduced in the 20th century. In the first of two programmes, the writer discovers how whaling was commercialised to supply a growing demand for products such as umbrella stays and oil-burning street lamps - before industrialisation took hold and the inventions of Norwegian Svend Foyn revolutionised the practice.

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