England — Sark



Channel Island of Sark

Sark is a small island in the Channel Islands in southwestern English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. It has a population of about 600. At the time of filming, Sark was the last feudal state in the Western world.

Interviews include Seigneur Michael Beaumont, the feudal lord who inherited the island from his grandmother — the infamous Dame of Sark, who defended the island from German occupation in World War II. Rounding out the quirky anachronisms and contradictions of modern feudal life, the program features an (improper) tea (thanks to the Americans) with a founding descendent, a chocolatier, a rocking horse carver, and a hotel operator straight out of Fawlty Towers, all of which grounds the program firmly in a place out of time.