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London's Greatest Bridges with Rob Bell

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs
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Episode 1: London Bridge

Summary

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London's most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how - and why - they were built. Here, Rob focuses on the original, and for 17 centuries the only bridge across the Thames, London Bridge. Rob explores the multiple versions of this bridge over the centuries and charts how each has shaped Britain's capital city, from the Romans who used it to control southern England, to the astonishing and raucous medieval bridge, designed by priests, inhabited by hundreds, and financed and managed by City merchants

Review

Walk down any street these days and you’ll probably bump into a celebrity making a programme about it. But Rob Bell’s exploration of four London bridges – starting with the original and, for 1,700 years, the only bridge over the Thames – does have some factual grist, delivered in his usual accessible way.

His “lost railway” walks have opened our eyes to many fascinating aspects of Britain. Here he tells us about London Bridge’s multiple versions including the medieval one designed by priests. Then at 9pm Tony Robinson dons his backpack to trudge the length of the Thames discovering why it’s one of the world’s greatest rivers.

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DirectorTim Dowse
ProducerTim Dowse
Series producerDominic Gallagher
Executive producerAndrew Abbott
Executive producerNicole Kleeman

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  • Episode 1

    London Bridge

    Summary

    Rob Bell explores the extraordinary stories of four of London's most iconic bridges, uncovering the history behind how - and why - they were built. Here, Rob focuses on the original, and for 17 centuries the only bridge across the Thames, London Bridge. Rob explores the multiple versions of this bridge over the centuries and charts how each has shaped Britain's capital city, from the Romans who used it to control southern England, to the astonishing and raucous medieval bridge, designed by priests, inhabited by hundreds, and financed and managed by City merchants

    Review

    Walk down any street these days and you’ll probably bump into a celebrity making a programme about it. But Rob Bell’s exploration of four London bridges – starting with the original and, for 1,700 years, the only bridge over the Thames – does have some factual grist, delivered in his usual accessible way.

    His “lost railway” walks have opened our eyes to many fascinating aspects of Britain. Here he tells us about London Bridge’s multiple versions including the medieval one designed by priests. Then at 9pm Tony Robinson dons his backpack to trudge the length of the Thames discovering why it’s one of the world’s greatest rivers.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTim Dowse
    ProducerTim Dowse
    Series producerDominic Gallagher
    Executive producerAndrew Abbott
    Executive producerNicole Kleeman
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