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Britain's Whale Hunters: The Untold Story 2014
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  • 2016-12-05T21:00:00+00:00s at 2016-12-05T21:00:00+00:00 on BBC Four
  • 2014-06-08T17:00:00-07:00
  • 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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