Brushing Up On - British Bridges

Brushing Up On - British Bridges

Series 1



Danny Baker looks at bridges. Did you know that the task of filming light but uninformative television reports on the Forth Bridge is never complete? As soon as one crew wraps, another starts up at the other end. At least, so it seemed on BBC TV in the 1970s and 80s.

Baker’s gay skip through the archives also turns up a hilariously poor assessment of the Tamar Bridge by Jeremy Clarkson, several old-time reporters who couldn’t hide their total lack of interest in transpontine engineering, and John Noakes and Peter Purves taking Lesley Judd’s weight. The centrepiece is a downright creepy 1960s kids’ programme fronted by Joan Bakewell. As always, Baker’s interjections are stupid and precisely crafted.


Comedian and journalist Danny Baker presents a guide to Britain's bridges using archive footage and his own research.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Danny Baker
Executive Producer Caroline Wright
Series Producer Mark Lucey