How We Built Britain

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History Documentary hosted by David Dimbleby and published by BBC in 2007 - English narration

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Travelling through our nation’s countryside, David Dimbleby presents this captivating portrait of Britain’s architecture. Along the way he takes in the splendour of East Anglia’s cathedrals and manor houses and the majestic sights of the mills and mansions of the Victorian North. Each of his tales is illustrated with high definition visuals and stories concerning the inhabitants who had once lived there.

[edit] The East: A New Dawn

David Dimbleby starts his journey in Ely in the spectacular cathedral that dominates the Fens. He explores the world of medieval knights at Hedingham Castle, travels to Norwich to discover the workings of a great medieval city and visits Lavenham which grew fat on the cloth trade. Join him on a pilgrimage to Little Walsingham and a visit to a rabbit warrener's lodge before finishing at Cambridge University, the jewel of East Anglia.

[edit] The Heart of England: Living It Up

David Dimbleby looks at how England was transformed by the extraordinary flowering of architecture, ideas and exploration of the Elizabethan Renaissance. Take a journey that tracks the newly rich to stately homes like Burghley House and follows those who hid, in fear of their lives, in the secret spaces in Harvington Hall.Discover the bizarre secret codes of Triangular Lodge and the wonders of Chastleton House, one of Britain's most complete Jacobean houses.

[edit] Scotland: Towering Ambitions

David Dimbleby travels north of the border to find out how Scotland developed a style of building quite different from that in England. Join him on a journey from the extraordinary visions of Stirling Castle to the Scottish baronial of Dunrobin; from the crofter's community of Gearrannan on the Isle of Lewis to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, The Glasgow School of Art; and ending up at the new Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.

[edit] The West: Putting on the Style

David Dimbleby encounters the grace and elegance of the Georgian terraces of Bath and Bristol, the magnificent country houses of Blenheim and the gardens of Stourhead. He discovers where the seeds of the Industrial Revolution were sown, in the canals and locks of the West Country and the tin mines of Cornwall. He also travels across Wales to Thomas Telford's Menai Bridge and to Ireland to tell the story of Georgian Dublin.

[edit] The North: Full Steam Ahead

At the start of Victoria's reign, the north of England seemed out of control. Enormous industrial cities lacked basic amenities whilst many of their inhabitants lived in slums. David Dimbleby travels to Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, to tell the story of Britain's greatest construction boom. Find out how factories, town halls, sewers, churches, hospitals and dance halls were built in a dramatic attempt to deal with the rapidly expanding
urban population.

[edit] The South: Dreams of Tomorrow

Twentieth Century was driven by the ideal of progress, and the heart of that movement was in London and the South East. David Dimbleby embarks on a journey that explores how the idea evolved, from the commuter's dream of a house in the suburbs, to the modernist vision of streets in the sky, and the breathtaking scale and ambition of hi-tech building in the City of London.

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  • Video Codec: XVID
  • Video Bitrate: 795 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 352x640 (height x width)
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 13x24 (1:1.82)
  • Audio Codec: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3) <0x0055>
  • Audio BitRate: 96 kbps
  • Audio Streams: 1
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime Per Part: 59 min 2.00 s (88550 Frames)
  • Part Size: 380.98M
  • Subtitles: none

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