THERE were 3.6million viewers last Monday night for the first national screening of The Harbour, which focuses on Tenby Harbour and its personalities.

The Harbour, one of the most-watched series to be shown in ITV Wales in recent years, continued its popularity with a national audience.

On Monday, it claimed a 17 per cent share of viewers on its 8pm slot across ITV and was the second biggest half-hour programme in that slot this year.

It was also the tenth most-watched television programme across all of UK terrestrial television that night, in a list including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders.

The Harbour, which attracted a 23 per cent share of the audience when originally shown in ITV Wales last year, was made by Welsh independent production company, Slam Media.

Jonathan Hill, ITV Wales' editor of English-language programmes, has been working with Slam Media and London commissioner Tom Giles to turn the original six-part series into a four-part series for ITV.

Said Phil Henfrey, head of news and programmes at ITV Cymru Wales: "It's been a terrific creative and commercial partnership between ITV Wales, Slam and the ITV network, and it further demonstrates to ITV commissioners just what Wales has to offer audiences across the UK."

Filmed through the four seasons, The Harbour follows characters including Tenby lifeboat coxswain Phil John, Turner Prize-winning artist Naomi Tydeman, Caldey Island boatman Daniel Thomas and harbourmasters Matt Broadhurst and Chris Salisbury.

On Monday (November 6), in the second of the series, springtime is highlighted, with the lift of boats back into the harbour signalling the start of another season.

The monks of Caldey Island welcome the year's first visitors, keeping Daniel Thomas and the boatmen busy, while Caldey-born Jo Cattini can now visit her family and friends on her native island.

Roger Miles the mackerel boatman has his first trip of the season, artist Naomi goes out to sea to sketch and Phil and the lifeboat spring into action.

*The Harbour is on ITV at 8pm on Monday.