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The founder of the Eden Project has added another Cornish beauty spot to his portfolio after purchasing a picturesque port seen in several period dramas.
Sir Tim Smit has bought Charlestown, a 23-acre Georgian harbour near the town of St Austell. The village is loved by television and film directors, having been used as a backdrop in the BBC series Poldark, Dr Who, the Tom Hardy series Taboo and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.He talked about his plans for his recently acquired Shipwreck Centre at Charlestown https://www.shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk/
Crispin Sadler has been running Mallinson Sadler Productions since 2002. A zoology graduate from Edinburgh University he got a taste for diving and all matters underwater when he joined Plymouth Sound BSAC in 1985. Now with over forty years of experience in TV he has put this to good use with the series ‘Drain the Oceans’. With over 70 shows and five series already delivered ‘Drain the Oceans’ holds pride of place in the schedules of National Geographic Channel around the world. Based on the simple premise of using data to recreate scenes in CGI from under the water as if that water had been ‘drained’ away, the series brings to the audience the mysterious world underwater that previously was invisible due to depth, visibility and lighting conditions.
In addition to ‘Drain the Oceans’ Crispin has written, directed and executive produced documentaries in the field maritime archaeology and naval history including 2 series of ‘Deep Wreck Mysteries’ which ran on multiple channels across the world (Nat Geo/History Channel/ZDF/ITV/ABC) and he has also made landmark documentaries on the subject of the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland for Channel 4 as well as shows for the BBC’s world-famous Natural History Unit, including War Wrecks of the Coral Seas. Recently he was behinda new 10-part shipwreck series ‘Ocean Wreck Investigation’ for Nat Geo International, Discovery Science, Channel 4 and Welt.
Since ‘Drain the Oceans’ started back in 2010 the series has collected 6 golds at the New York Film Festival and, in 2016, Crispin was recognised for his lifetime achievement in the world of maritime and naval documentaries with the Maritime Fellowship Award at the Maritime Media Awards. And in 2022 a show from ‘Drain the Oceans’, one that addressed the eternal conflict between maritime archaeologists and treasure hunters, was nominated for a BAFTA.