Bermuda TV Episode Wins Southcoast Emmy

December 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

A television episode of PBS Changing Seas titled “Bermuda: Life at Ocean’s Edge” has won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award.

The episode focuses on Bermuda’s reefs and shipwrecks and features island-based researchers and scientists from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Living Reefs Foundation, and the Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

It was filmed on the island in November last year and aired in June and is available for free viewing online.

The episode took home an Emmy in the Writer – Long Form Content category, awarded to Liz Smith, WPBT-TV, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

During the filming of the episode, Ms Smith discovered she was a descendent of one of the mutineers on the Sea Venture sailing ship, which was wrecked in Bermuda in 1609.

“Our family had been doing genealogy research, and it turns out Stephen Hopkins is my tenth great-grandfather,” she said.

“He mutinied on Bermuda and was sentenced to death, but was spared and sailed on to Jamestown [Virginia]. After returning to England, he later sailed on the Mayflower ship.

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“In light of that history, I couldn’t help but feel a connection to Bermuda in telling this story, knowing that Bermuda’s incredible reefs provided a safe haven for their wayward ship, and that my DNA goes back to the settlement of such a unique and special place.”

The next season of PBS Changing Seas will feature an episode about eagle ray research filmed in Bermuda.

Ms Smith said: “Our team worked with the Bermuda Zoological Society and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, as well researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institute.”

The show will air in June next year.

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