Dream Island Series on ITV Wales

14th September 2012

Owen playing the part of Ronald Lockley

I’d hate to call this a reality show. True, there are familiar elements such as building restoration, including a Grade II listed cottage, the dedication of volunteers and the acquisition of a lighthouse. But it’s also a wildlife documentary – yes there are puffins as you’d expect, but also the extraordinary Manx shearwaters. There’s more, as the story of Ronald Lockley unfolds, his dream and struggle of farming and raising a family on Skokholm between the wars and setting up Britain’s first bird observatory.

Any one of these is a subject in its own right but here they come together on just a few hectares off the coast Pembrokeshire. I’ve been involved with the island for almost 25 years and I’ve always known there is a good story here. It’s a pity that this is only available in the ITV Wales area, and I hope that at some point it will be shown nationally.
However, all six episodes are now available on Vimeo so you don’t have to be in the UK to watch them.

Island Intro

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Below are some shots of the people in period costume that appear in the series.

Owen playing the part of Ronald Lockley

Peter playing the part of Lockley's father-in-law, 'The Admiral'

The rabbit catcher

One of the Rabbit Scientists from the ministry

Another Rabbit Scientist from the ministry

Trevor Fishlock who presents and narrates the series

All text and images © Keith Rowley 2012


Photo comment By Gillian Cameron: I can't get this excellent programme on itv player. Can you tell me how to get it please?

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