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UK's most important border

Everyone from fishermen, ferries, sailors, channel swimmers, and freighters carrying the UK’s imports and exports, regularly cross each other’s wakes. The job of keeping these busy and treacherous waters safe is a never ending task. A multi-agency team that includes the Coastguard, the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the police and the port authorities are on duty 24/7 to ensure that no harm comes to those sailing across the UK’s most important border.

Channel Patrol follows these teams as they come to the aid of grounded yachts, carry out emergency medical rescues and save stranded marine animals. We also meet some of the hundreds of swimmers who choose to brave the elements - and enormous passing tankers - as they attempt to swim the channel to France – all in aid of worthy causes.

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Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday August 20 at 7:50pm

The RNLI fight to save Eastbourne pier when it catches fire.

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday August 21 at 6:00am

The RNLI fight to save Eastbourne pier when it catches fire.

Episode 1, Series 1

Monday August 21 at 12:55pm

The Royal Navy's underwater bomb squad are called out to blow up a hazard in the Solent.

Episode 1, Series 1

Tuesday August 22 at 5:10am

The Royal Navy's underwater bomb squad are called out to blow up a hazard in the Solent.

Episode 2, Series 1

Tuesday August 22 at 12:55pm

A team of volunteers rush to rescue a baby seal washed up on the beach.

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday August 23 at 5:20am

A team of volunteers rush to rescue a baby seal washed up on the beach.

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday August 23 at 12:50pm

A mammoth cargo freighter makes its way to Southampton in thick fog.

Episode 3, Series 1

Thursday August 24 at 5:10am

A mammoth cargo freighter makes its way to Southampton in thick fog.

Episode 4, Series 1

Thursday August 24 at 12:50pm

The RNLI fight to save Eastbourne pier when it catches fire.

Episode 4, Series 1

Friday August 25 at 5:10am

The RNLI fight to save Eastbourne pier when it catches fire.

Episode 5, Series 1

Friday August 25 at 12:55pm

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 5, Series 1

Saturday August 26 at 4:35am

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday August 27 at 1:10pm

A mammoth cargo freighter makes its way to Southampton in thick fog.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday August 27 at 7:50pm

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday August 28 at 6:00am

A couple of rookie sailors learn the roles at Cowes Week.

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday August 28 at 12:50pm

The crew of the Galatea are called out to a damaged light vessel.

Episode 6, Series 1

Tuesday August 29 at 5:25am

The crew of the Galatea are called out to a damaged light vessel.

Episode 7, Series 1

Tuesday August 29 at 12:55pm

A team working on the dockside unloads one of the largest container ships in the world.

Episode 7, Series 1

Wednesday August 30 at 5:15am

A team working on the dockside unloads one of the largest container ships in the world.

Episode 8, Series 1

Wednesday August 30 at 12:50pm

The crew of the Whitonia tanker refuel massive cruise liners and cargo ships.

Episode 8, Series 1

Thursday August 31 at 5:00am

The crew of the Whitonia tanker refuel massive cruise liners and cargo ships.

Episode 9, Series 1

Thursday August 31 at 12:50pm

A team of rowers attempt to row to the middle of the channel and back for charity.

Episode 9, Series 1

Friday September 1 at 5:15am

A team of rowers attempt to row to the middle of the channel and back for charity.

Episode 10, Series 1

Friday September 1 at 1:00pm

A team of ex-military veterans hope to be the first all-amputee team to swim the channel.

Episode 10, Series 1

Saturday September 2 at 4:50am

A team of ex-military veterans hope to be the first all-amputee team to swim the channel.

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday September 3 at 7:50pm

The crew of the Galatea are called out to a damaged light vessel.

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday September 4 at 6:00am

The crew of the Galatea are called out to a damaged light vessel.

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