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Quest for the Sea
Quest for the Sea
TV Series
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  • Cast:
    Anny Murray,Monte Murray,Harold St. Croix
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  • Budget:
    CAD 1,000,000
Quest for the Sea is a 4x1-hour living history documentary series that follows 2 families as they return to a lost way of life in a remote fishing village in Newfoundland. In simple wooden homes with only the tools, clothing, and supplies of 1937, five adults and five children will live under a mercantile system and need to rely on cod fishing for their sustenance and survival.
Series cast summary:
Anny Murray Anny Murray - Herself unknown episodes

Quest for the Sea

Fourth in Canada's History Television "Quest" series. The first was "Pioneer Quest: A Year In The Real West", followed by "Quest For The Bay", and "Klondike: The Quest For Gold". All followed a similar format, of transplanting modern volunteers into "old-fashioned" settings (Frontier settlers, Hudson Bay traders, Goldrush pan-handlers, and in this series: Newfoundland Island fishermen). The rules of each are relatively simple: live and work as their forebears did, under as close to the conditions as possible.

Following "Pioneer Quest" and "Quest for the Bay", producer Jamie Brown sets two modern Canadian families in Hay Cove in a recreation of a typical small 'outport' community circa 1937.

The format is similar to those efforts, as modern era families try to cope with a world with no television, video games, or other modern diversions. Starting in debt to the merchant supply company, the families need to catch and preserve six tons of cod just to pay the bill.

This effort is entertaining and informative. The young boys take to the adventure more readily than the 14 year-old girl who would rather be talking on the phone to her friends and going to the mall.

Unfortunately, this series does not seem to be available on DVD or tape. I've written the company asking why, but received no response.

A pity.
"Quest for the Sea" is a quality miniseries about recreating an early 20th century way of life (fishing) that was followed in Newfoundland during the 1930s. It is interesting not only as a "reality TV show", but also as a historical documentary. In this day of flash-frozen seafood and "imitation crab meat", a look back at the harsh life of 1930's fisher-folk is worthwhile and illuminating.

We follow the various 21st century family groups that volunteered to join in the recreation through the trials and tribulations of living a sparse, technologically anachronistic existence in the face of some serious challenges. These challenges bring about personal revelations for many of the "cast".