Admiral Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy since 1900.
This 15-part series was a major undertaking, requiring a huge amount of planning and research. We recorded the entire series on location - around the UK and around Europe - and sought to describe the many ways in which the history of the Royal Navy is also the history of the nation. From technology to politics and social history, there are many fascinating strands which we attempted to draw together.
Admiral Lord West is a former First Sea Lord, or professional head of the Royal Navy, and a gifted storyteller. Through the course of the series we met and interviewed many other former sailors and officers of the Royal Navy, as well as historians - and not just naval historians. We wanted to make the series ‘breathable’, to show the many ways in which naval history has been influenced by, and influenced, other history.