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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

James Whale’s whale of a time

30 September 2014

Day 2 of Maritime Films UK’s UK-wide tour – up to Staffordshire to interview James Whale, who’s just back from the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship Lord Nelson. James has cerebral palsy which affects his movements and speech. But definitely not his brain or his thinking! (or his driving – he picks me up from Stafford station, half an hour away from his home.) Meet up there with his mum Elena and lively young spaniel Molly, who’s up for everything, including tug-of-war with a branch longer than she is. Interview James about his voyage out in the garden and he comes up with good insights into what being at sea for 3 months was like, his part in the epic 2-year voyage of the Nelson. Before that, Elena gives us a much-needed and lavish sandwich lunch. I was gasping, so thanks Elena!

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with the Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995 when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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