World's Greatest Bridges

December 2017
55:00

Season 2, Episode 6: Severn Bridge

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Opened in 1966, the Severn Bridge was the first road bridge to connect England and South Wales. Rob reveals why its design by Dr Bill Brown revolutionised the way that modern suspension bridges are built. He also surfs the Severn Bore and meets the construction workers who braved the wave and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet in order to build it.
November 2017
58:00

Season 2, Episode 5: The Millau Viaduct

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The Millau Viaduct in southern France is the world's tallest bridge. Rob Bell meets the design team, including architect Lord Norman Foster and structural engineer Dr Michel Virlogeux, and learns about the innovative and ancient techniques used to build it. London's Millennium Bridge, Lord Foster's other project at the time, is also featured.
58:00

Season 2, Episode 4: Brooklyn Bridge

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The Brooklyn Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge when opened in 1883. Rob Bell tells the story of its construction - a classic New York tale featuring big money, corruption, ambition, death and tragedy. It is also the saga of two men and one woman - father, son and the son's wife - who realised a dream against all the odds.
58:00

Season 2, Episode 3: The Iron Bridge, Shropshire

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A symbol of the Industrial Revolution, the Iron Bridge over the river Severn in Shropshire was the world's first bridge to be constructed entirely from iron. Rob Bell reveals the difficulties encountered in building it, the scepticism of contemporary engineers, how it inspired Thomas Telford and the birth of a new profession - civil engineering.
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