What the Victorians did for Us

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History, Technology Documentary narrated by Adam Hart-Davis and published by BBC in 2001 - English narration

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Regular Hart-Davis aficionadoes will need no explanation. The penultimate "What the Historical People Did For Us" series (before the upcoming Romans) beings release, these all encoded in glorious Divx 6 (not that I can actually see any improvement from 5.21).

[edit] Speed Merchants

This edition focuses on the Victorian obsession with speed, and the impact of steam power on farming. After visiting the last steam-powered mill in the country, Adam experiences the legacy of Brunel's Great Western Railway, and sees if a project to build a steam-powered plane can ever get off the ground.

[edit] Playing God

Looks at science and medicine, including devices designed for waking the dead and the eccentric experimenter who reputedly created life.

[edit] Rule Makers

Hart-Davis finds out how the rules for sports such as tennis and football evolved, and discovers how standardisation in manufacturing made new inventions, such as the sewing machine, affordable.

[edit] Crime and Punishment

Focusing on the Victorian world of crime and retribution, he experiences life on the beat as an early policeman and looks at the forensic tests developed to catch poisoners. Plus the monotony of prison life, and early home security.

[edit] Social Progress

How the opportunities in employment and education created the middle classes and gave them such luxuries as their own toilets, frozen foods, and improved healthcare. The rich, meanwhile, could indulge in new gadgets such as the velocipede shower.

[edit] Conquerors

In this edition, he visits Kew Gardens to examine the plants which explorers brought back from abroad and experiences the science of storm prediction. Plus a demonstration of the greatest world-shrinking Victorian technology of all - submarine telegraphy.

[edit] Making It Big

The dramatic successes and failures of Victorian entrepreneurs, including William Armstrong, who installed a swing bridge in Newcastle, and Otis whose lift made the skyscraper possible.

[edit] Pleasure Seekers

Leisure, the seaside, weekends. They seem natural, but they were all Victorian inventions. The Victorians were freed from the fields and had cash in hand; they were the first mass pleasure seekers.

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[edit] Technical Specs

  • Video Codec: DivX 6.00
  • Video Bitrate: 1980kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 696x488
  • Video Aspect Ratio: ~4:3
  • Audio Codec: MPEG-1 Layer 3
  • Audio BitRate: 128kb/s 48Khz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • RunTime Per Part: 23:08
  • Number Of Parts: 8
  • Part Size: 349 MB (or 358,324 KB or 366,923,776 bytes)
  • Ripped by Bosmon

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