How Britain Worked

Series 1 - Episode 2

How Britain Worked

About this programme

2/6. Engineering enthusiast Guy Martin and the team repair the water turbine needed to power an old saw mill in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. He then ropes in a carpenter friend to help fell a tree and transport it to the building on a steam traction engine, before using the cut wood to make a replica of the first pedal-powered bicycle. Along the way, Guy learns about the lives of factory workers during the Industrial Revolution and how child apprentices were often little more than slave labour.

Cast and crew


Guy Martin


Executive Producer
Ewan Keil
Executive Producer
Neil Duncanson
Series Director
James Woodroffe
Series Producer
James Woodroffe