Building Victorian Britain

Series 2

Series 2, Episode 6 - The Birth of Law and Order

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Presenter Michael Buerk discovers how the Victorians instituted a revolution in law and order, created the first modern police force and built the prisons Britain still relies on today to house its criminals. He begins in Spike Island, County Cork, dubbed 'Ireland's Alcatraz'.

Series 2, Episode 5 - How Britain Healed the World

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Presenter Michael Buerk discovers how bold Victorian experiments and cathedrals of medicine built Britain, and revolutionised the medical world. He begins in Edinburgh with murderers Burke and Hare, revealing the gruesome roots of modern anatomy and the macabre justice doled out for those caught flaunting the system.