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Genius of Britain

Series 1-Episode 2

Series 1-Episode 2



Focusing on scientific developments that sparked the Industrial Revolution in Britain. James Dyson tells the story of how James Watt was inspired to perfect the steam engine, David Attenborough talks about his hero, naturalist Joseph Banks, who sailed to the South Seas and founded Kew Gardens on his return, and Jim Al-Khalili explains how clergyman Joseph Priestley started a craze for soda water. Plus, Robert Winston examines the body-snatching activities of surgeon and anatomist John Hunter.

Cast & Crew

Contributor David Attenborough
Contributor Jim Al-Khalili
Contributor James Dyson
Contributor Robert Winston
Director Christopher Sykes
Executive Producer Rachel Bell
Series Editor Emma Whitlock
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