How The Victorians Built Britain

Series 2

Series 2, Episode 4 - The Great British Holiday

3.0 15 x
In Blackpool, Michael Buerk discovers how the seaside mini-break was transformed from a perk of the wealthy to a British institution.

Series 2, Episode 3 - Bridging The Nation

4.0 6 x
Michael travels to Bristol to Brunel's 'first love' the Clifton Suspension Bridge and discovers how the tragic Tay Bridge disaster in Scotland led to huge leaps in technology.

Series 2, Episode 2 - Britannia Rules the Waves

4.0 5 x
The Victorians built the most technologically advanced ships in the world, helping them to dominate the high seas in peace, war, leisure and trade. They even created the first submarine, an ingenious invention that made naval history.

Series 2, Episode 1 - The Railway Revolution

3.0 12 x
Michael Buerk jumps on board an original locomotive to discover the effect that the burgeoning rail network had on Victorian Britain.

4. The Birth of the Machines

4.0 50 x
Examining cotton's key role in the birth of mass production.

3. The Making of the Modern Home

3.0 12 x
Victorians introduced gas power, revolutionising the home.

4. The Great British Holiday

4.0 61 x
How the seaside break became a British institution.

2. Saving the Nation's Health

3.0 22 x
Michael reveals how Victorians created the sewer system.

1. How Britain Got Moving

4.7 29 x
How Victorian engineers revolutionised public transport.

3. Bridging The Nation

4.5 23 x
Michael visits Bristol and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.