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Shipping Forecast, The

LEGENDARY four-times-daily weather bulletin for marine types much beloved of the rest of the world for its muffled intonation of arcane terminology. Those exotic-sounding, early-eighties-childrens-ITV-viewer-confusing, Damon-Albarn-inspiring forecast zones in full: Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Trafalgar, Finisterre, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland. Extra exotica points for a ridiculous prehistoric ruling insisting it has to run to three hundred and seventy words exactly, and the equally prehistoric theme music Sailing By. Anchors aweigh!



  1. johnnyboy

    July 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I’m afraid your area list is a bit out of date. Sea area ‘Finisterre’ was renamed ‘Fitzroy’ @ 4 years ago, much to the chagrin of our Gallic friends. Also the word count is the max number that can be used, I think aiming to get it exact would take you all day.

  2. TV Cream

    July 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    It’s the classic Cream-era line-up and no substitute is acceptable…!

  3. johnnyboy

    July 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Seemingly Fitzroy (Admiral) commited suicide @ age 60 down to the issuing of a poor forecast. There’s no record of this officially, but that is the presumption (he was the Captain of the Beagle, and that may have had something to do with it “the loneliness of Captaincy” etc). He had a busy life though, so fair play to the man.
    Oh, can I have that T-shirt, please??

  4. richardpd

    May 12, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Bonus points for German Bight being mentioned in Kes as Billy’s lost on the class pun to say after Fisher when the register was called.

  5. Applemask

    March 13, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Finisterre was always my favourite, it deserves mention.

  6. Glenn Aylett

    March 14, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I used to remember the Shipping Forecast on Radio 2 when Jimmy Kingsbury used to announce ” attention all shipping” during the JY Prog with that mellifluous voice of his.

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