The Epic Voyage of the Jubilee Hope travels to Africa on STV

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A new, four- part documentary on STV will follow the 9,000 mile journey of the ‘Jubilee Hope’ on a humanitarian mission from Scotland to Africa.
The Epic Voyage of the Jubilee Hope will air on STV from 2000 on Monday, 11th July.
Captained by Largs sailor Gordon McLaren, the crew of the medical ship ‘Jubilee Hope’ sets sail from Scotland and faces electrical storms, unexpected hazards and diplomatic challenges on their arduous 9,000 mile journey to Mwanza on Northwest Tanzania where the ship will help over 100,000 patients each year on Lake Victoria.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “We are proud to bring STV viewers a first look at this independently produced four part series. Our audience is bound to be captivated by the journey of this humanitarian aid boat, and its mainly Scottish crew as they aim to deliver medical help 9,000 miles away.”
Alex McCall, Director and Producer, Glasgow Films, said: “I am constantly amazed by how far ordinary people are prepared to go in putting their own lives on the line to save others who are less fortunate.”
Episode 1
A volunteer crew captained by retired seafarer Gordon McLaren, from Largs, is tasked with a 9000 mile journey from Scotland to Africa to provide a health-service for thousands of deprived islanders on Lake Victoria. In this episode, the crew face terrible storms, mechanical failure, unexpected hazards and frustrating delays. The little boat, bruised and battered, is a month late on arrival at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, their first scheduled port of call.
Episode 2
In the second episode, the boat crew try to fix an anchor chain in high seas, join a Latino street party in Cape Verde and take a wide sweep to avoid pirates. This leg of the journey takes nineteen days, with the boat continuously listing 20 degrees from one side to the other. Luanda turns out not be the haven the crew were expecting and they head out to anchor in the harbour to think again.
Episode 3
The Royal Navy ship, RFA Black Rover comes to the rescue of the Jubilee Hope, and our team of intrepid mariners undertake an extremely dangerous manoeuvre to re-fuel the boat at sea. Unfortunately this attempt fails but the crew find another way to take on sufficient fuel to get them to Namibia.
Episode 4
In Durban, South Africa, there is an unexpected revelation for the ship’s cook, David Heap. He’s now the Captain. Mother Nature unleashes a massive electrical storm. The engines stop in ‘Captain Phillips’ territory. There’s terrorist activity in Mombasa, their last port of call. And the boat still has to make the 520-mile road-trip to its final destination, Mwanza on Lake Victoria. This involves dismantling the upper structure of the boat and lifting the hull onto a 96-wheel trailer. At one point this necessitates turning off the National Grid of Kenya for five minutes to allow the load to pass under power cables. Princess Anne attends the re-launch and the medical ship ‘Jubilee Hope’ will serve over 100,000 patients every year on Lake Victoria.
For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
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