Pat Kelman is joined by British marathon swimmer and world record holder Beth French and BAFTA nominated film maker Stefan Stuckert to discuss their film AGAINST THE TIDES.

Against the Tides is available on Demand from March 1st 2021 in the UK and the US. Details on

The film documents Beth’s attempt to swim across seven of the world’s most dangerous sea channels – an extreme challenge called OCEANS SEVEN.

For open-sea swimmers it’s the ultimate test; very few people have ever completed it. But, driven by her desire to set an example for her autistic son and to overcome her life-long battle with ME (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which forced her to spent long periods of her teenage years in a wheelchair, Beth aims to become the first person in history to swim all seven channels in one year. 

Traveling to far-flung corners of the world, she confronts hypothermia, sharks, jellyfish, wild weather and mind-numbing fatigue, as well as her own inner demons. 

But, as her dramatic journey nears its end, Beth’s yearning to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with her dreams for her son. 

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Episode Topics

  • Episode introduction [0:35]
  • Film Trailer Audio [4:05]
  • Interview Starts [5:49]
  • Closing remarks [48:00]

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