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Britain's Most Historic Towns

  • 2019
  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • History

Summary

Alice Roberts explores the Second World War history of Dover, as well as Georgian-era Bristol, Edwardian Cardiff, and Civil War period Oxford.

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Episode 3: Edwardian Cardiff

Summary

Alice Roberts explores Cardiff's Edwardian past, discovering how the coal industry transformed the Rhondda Valley in the early 1900s. She investigates the difficult and often dangerous work of the miners, and visits the trading floor where the first ever million pound cheque was signed. The programme also investigates how global shipping routes and plentiful employment brought immigrants from across the world to Wales, and meets descendants of people who came to the city in the early years of the 20th century

Review

Dr Alice Roberts is in Cardiff, where she studied medicine at university in the 1990s. But she’s not here to revisit old student haunts, she’s arrived to examine the roots of the city’s prosperity during the Edwardian era.

Cardiff was founded on a voracious appetite for its particular type of high-quality coal, its so-called Welsh steam coal from the Rhondda, a few miles outside the city. It was sent around the world from Cardiff’s docks; reputedly the first ever business deal was struck in the city’s coal exchange (now a hotel).

And like Lucy Worsley, Roberts visits the dressing-up box to become the very vision of a wealthy Edwardian lady, complete with brutal corset.

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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
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Executive producerDominic Bowles
ProducerTheo Williams
DirectorTheo Williams

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  • Episode 3

    Edwardian Cardiff

    Summary

    Alice Roberts explores Cardiff's Edwardian past, discovering how the coal industry transformed the Rhondda Valley in the early 1900s. She investigates the difficult and often dangerous work of the miners, and visits the trading floor where the first ever million pound cheque was signed. The programme also investigates how global shipping routes and plentiful employment brought immigrants from across the world to Wales, and meets descendants of people who came to the city in the early years of the 20th century

    Review

    Dr Alice Roberts is in Cardiff, where she studied medicine at university in the 1990s. But she’s not here to revisit old student haunts, she’s arrived to examine the roots of the city’s prosperity during the Edwardian era.

    Cardiff was founded on a voracious appetite for its particular type of high-quality coal, its so-called Welsh steam coal from the Rhondda, a few miles outside the city. It was sent around the world from Cardiff’s docks; reputedly the first ever business deal was struck in the city’s coal exchange (now a hotel).

    And like Lucy Worsley, Roberts visits the dressing-up box to become the very vision of a wealthy Edwardian lady, complete with brutal corset.

    How to watch

    Next showing

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

    Streaming

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
    Series producerLiam McArdle
    Executive producerDominic Bowles
    ProducerTheo Williams
    DirectorTheo Williams
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