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New TV documentary all about living in Cornwall

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:14am 27th March 2019.

Coming soon to a TV screen near you... a series all about living in the Duchy.

'Devon & Cornwall' is an observational documentary celebrating the beautiful counties and featuring the people lucky enough to call these places home.

It starts on More4 on 1st April and will run for eight weeks, every Monday evening.

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What is the series about?

Devon & Cornwall follows a host of fascinating characters who reveal what it is really like to live and work in the far South West corner of Britain, where rolling fields meet stunning coastlines.

These two counties attract millions of visitors every year to wander the moors of their national parks and enjoy the golden sands of their beaches. But both Devon and Cornwall are more than a playground for hikers and holiday makers.

The series celebrates the people who live and work in this beautiful corner of Britain, revels in the incredible landscapes in which they live while also revealing the difficulties that come from remote, rural living.

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Who will feature in the series?

Many of the characters can trace their family history back centuries and consider themselves proud custodians of this unique corner of the UK.

Others have made a choice to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle this part of the world offers.

In Cornwall, local handywoman Lynn Batten completes last minute preparation at the iconic Minack theatre before the last show of the summer season… but not before she tends to the local church her family have maintained for over 200 years.

With her mother, Penny, we see how the close community in their beloved hamlet of Penberth defines them. Then, as tourists from around the world arrive for the triumphant season finale, they reflect on years of service at the unique venue - a place with vistas so spectacular they are still both smitten.

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Further inland, champion Beef breeders Bridgette and Steve Clamp - and their young apprentice Oliver - preen their local pedigree cows in preparation for the Camborne agricultural show. It's their biggest day of the year, and Oliver's first time at one of the area's most prestigious competitions. A win would be worth its weight in gold to farmers whose livelihood rests on their good reputation.

Surfing pioneer Gwyn Haslock shows us where the UK wave-riding craze took hold in the 1960s - on her favourite beach at Fistral. As she prepares for the World Bellyboarding Championships.

And even further west, in Poldark country, former miner Les Rowe makes a poignant return to the mine where he laboured years ago. But not just to reminisce - he's bringing the Cape Cornwall singers with him to Geevor to celebrate their shared Cornish heritage in song.

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