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We were thrilled to have Julia Bradbury (Countryfile, Wainwright’s Walks) and a BBC crew spend the day - one of the sunniest of the autumn - at Roedean just before the half term break.
They were filming a new documentary series about UK geology and this episode was focused on the soft chalk of Sussex. Having been all over the county, they now wanted to tell the story of Roedean’s tunnel to the undercliff.
The day started with Issy, Tara, Honor and Harriet from Lower Four being filmed doing a spot of rock pooling as the tide crept in around them. Then Old Roedeanians Pam Dodsworth (at Roedean 1934-37) and Renee Wilkin (1939-42) were interviewed about their memories of the tunnel as a short cut to the beach and, later, an air raid shelter.
The programme will be broadcast in spring 2012 – date and title to be confirmed.
We’d barely recovered from the excitement of that when we heard that World Champion freediver and Old Roedeanian Tanya Streeter (1986-91) was to be featured on ‘Alone in the Wild’ on the Discovery Channel over half term:
‘Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams and World Champion freediver Tanya Streeter must draw on their fighting spirit if they are to fend for themselves for seven nights in a remote corner of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
The potential danger of their environment quickly becomes clear as they stumble upon a fresh kill. Concerned they have disturbed the predator, they quickly move on.
Despite their exhaustion and hunger they decide to spend three days in separate camps to experience what it’s like to survive alone.
Reunited on their last night, they finally catch some food, but in the pandemonium that ensues, Amy finds herself on the wrong end of a fishing hook.’
Tanya Streeter and Amy Williams: Alone in the Wild Wednesday 26 October, 9pm.