James Cosmo narrates the first in a series about the UK’s biggest fishing port, Peterhead in north east Scotland, and the extraordinary people working on land and at sea to put the fish on our plates.
The fishing boat Reliance, skippered by John Clarke, heads to a fishing ground off the Shetland Isles in search of whitefish and prawns. Joining John on board is his 21-year-old son David, who hopes one day to take over as skipper. But before he does, John needs to decide if he thinks his son is yet up to the job. David – the youngest person on the boat – is responsible for keeping watch, cooking and looking after the crew on one of the most dangerous parts of the boat, the trawl deck. When a big haul comes aboard, he also has his work cut out cleaning and packing the fish.