Beachcomber Cottage

7:30pm Monday, February 7 on Prime

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With the end of summer in sight, Monty decides it is high time he tried to be completely self-sufficient, so he sets himself the task of only eating what he has caught, shot or grown himself. This provides a great opportunity for him to do the things he has not had time for so far, like deer-stalking and trout-fishing. After a big thank you party for all the locals, Monty leaves Beachcomber Cottage for the last time, a very different man from the one who arrived six months earlier.

7:30pm Monday, January 31 on Prime

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It’s now the season for the annual Scottish Highland Games and Monty wants to take part in the local games at Applecross. Determined to make a good impression, he visits the neighbouring Lochcarron games to get some tips and check out the competition. He also confronts the dark side of his new lifestyle when he has to shoot and butcher one of the sheep which he has been raising over the summer. When the time comes to prove himself at the Applecross Games, Monty surprises everyone – not least himself – by winning one of the main events.

7:30pm Monday, January 24 on Prime

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Monty goes in search of basking sharks with the help of a friend, who flies a makeshift paraglider and spots them from the air. When Monty’s girlfriend Antje arrives for a visit, he seizes the opportunity to explore further afield and dive with a colony of seals off the Isle of Skye – but Antje is less impressed with how little Monty has done to make the cottage homely. Monty also receives an unexpected visit from the Chilean descendants of the last family to farm his croft.

7:30pm Monday, January 17 on Prime

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Monty’s daily chores are complicated by the hottest and driest West Coast spring for many years. Keeping his vegetables and animals alive means constant trips into the village to get water. He is having no luck at sea either; the mackerel are not biting and he is still eating out of tins. But things look up after a chance meeting in the pub leads to a spectacular encounter with a pod of dolphins.

7:30pm Monday, January 10 on Prime

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Marine biologist and professional diver Monty Halls and his dog Reuben arrive in the west coast of Scotland to spend the next six months living the simple life of a crofter. It’s March, and the days are growing longer and the worst of the winter storms are past. Moving into a run-down cattle shed overlooking an isolated beach, he enlists the help of a team of locals to help him turn it into a comfortable home. The spring weather is the best anyone can remember and Monty is soon bringing the croft to life, with a crystal-clear sea inviting him to explore.

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Many of us dream of escaping our stressful and frenetic lives; getting away from it all and living the good life on a beautiful isolated beach. But can leaving it all behind ever be more than a dream? In Beachcomber Cottage, former Royal Marine Monty Halls puts this popular wish to the test. Finding a disused bothy in an idyllic bay near Applecross, he sets about turning it into a comfortable but basic home for himself and his companion, Reuben the dog, on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland. Monty is a highly qualified diver, marine biologist and explorer – but will this experience help him to beat the worst that Scotland’s weather can throw at him? Discover the highs and lows of self-sufficiency in the modern era.

7:30pm Saturday, October 3 on Prime

Lifestyle

With the end of summer in sight, Monty decides it is high time he tried to be completely self-sufficient, so he sets himself the task of only eating what he has caught, shot or grown himself. This provides a great opportunity for him to do the things he has not had time for so far, like deer-stalking and trout-fishing.

After a big ‘thank you’ party for all the locals, Monty leaves Beachcomber Cottage for the last time, a very different man from the one who arrived six months earlier.

7:30pm Saturday, September 26 on Prime

Lifestyle

It is now the season for the annual Scottish Highland Games and Monty wants to take part in the local games at Applecross. Determined to make a good impression, he visits the neighbouring Lochcarron games to get some tips and check out the competition. He also confronts the dark side of his new lifestyle when he has to shoot and butcher one of the sheep which he has been raising over the summer. When the time comes to prove himself at the Applecross Games, Monty surprises everyone – not least himself – by winning one of the main events.

7:30pm Saturday, September 19 on Prime

Lifestyle

Monty goes in search of basking sharks with the help of a friend, who flies a makeshift paraglider and spots them from the air. When Monty’s girlfriend Antje arrives for a visit, he seizes the opportunity to explore further afield and dive with a colony of seals off the Isle of Skye – but Antje is less impressed with how little Monty has done to make the cottage homely. Monty also receives an unexpected visit from the Chilean descendants of the last family to farm his croft.

7:30pm Saturday, September 12 on Prime

Lifestyle

Monty’s daily chores are complicated by the hottest and driest West Coast spring for many years. Keeping his vegetables and animals alive means constant trips into the village to get water. He is having no luck at sea either; the mackerel are not biting and he is still eating out of tins. But things look up after a chance meeting in the pub leads to a spectacular encounter with a pod of dolphins.