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Walking Through History

  • 2013
  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle

Summary

The series begins with Tony Robinson embarking on a 40-mile walk along the Derwent Valley in the Peak District, and ends with a four-day trek through the Kintail region of the Highlands.

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Episode 2: Frontline Dorset

Summary

Tony Robinson embarks on an expedition along Dorset's Jurassic coast to explore the county's hidden Second World War story. Starting beside the defences on Chesil Beach, he heads east to finish in Swanage and Studland Bay. On his five-day walk he encounters stunning scenery and uncovers wartime acts of ingenuity and bravery. He also discovers the crucial part a swannery played in developing a secret weapon and reveals the role of Dorset in protecting Britain from invasion during the conflict

Review

Dorset’s rolling hills, winding lanes and picturesque villages make it the epitome of pretty British countryside, yet during the Second World War it played a vital role in the fight against possible Nazi invasion. Tony Robinson marches from Chesil Beach to Studland Bay exploring hastily built defences and uncovering fascinating stories.

Barnes Wallis tried out his famous bouncing bomb here while Langton Herring is one of this country’s few “doubly thankful” villages as all the local men who fought in both wars returned alive. Robinson seems genuinely interested while not being annoyingly over-enthusiastic.

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rolename
PresenterTony Robinson
Executive producerPhilip Clarke
Executive producerSimon Raikes
Series producerDavid Johnson
ProducerMike Wadding
DirectorMike Wadding

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  • Summary

    Tony Robinson embarks on an expedition along Dorset's Jurassic coast to explore the county's hidden Second World War story. Starting beside the defences on Chesil Beach, he heads east to finish in Swanage and Studland Bay. On his five-day walk he encounters stunning scenery and uncovers wartime acts of ingenuity and bravery. He also discovers the crucial part a swannery played in developing a secret weapon and reveals the role of Dorset in protecting Britain from invasion during the conflict

    Review

    Dorset’s rolling hills, winding lanes and picturesque villages make it the epitome of pretty British countryside, yet during the Second World War it played a vital role in the fight against possible Nazi invasion. Tony Robinson marches from Chesil Beach to Studland Bay exploring hastily built defences and uncovering fascinating stories.

    Barnes Wallis tried out his famous bouncing bomb here while Langton Herring is one of this country’s few “doubly thankful” villages as all the local men who fought in both wars returned alive. Robinson seems genuinely interested while not being annoyingly over-enthusiastic.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterTony Robinson
    Executive producerPhilip Clarke
    Executive producerSimon Raikes
    Series producerDavid Johnson
    ProducerMike Wadding
    DirectorMike Wadding
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