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Britain's Most Historic Towns

  • 2021
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • History

Summary

Alice Roberts explores the history of locations including Roman Chester, Viking York, Norman Winchester, Tudor Norwich and Regency Cheltenham.

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Episode 6: Victorian Belfast

Summary

Professor Alice Roberts reveals the history of Belfast, the UK's most Victorian city. She visits the shipyards that built the Titanic, gets locked up in the notorious Crumlin Road gaol and takes a crash course in 19th-century female etiquette. The final episode of this unique take on British history, in which the academic, writer and broadcaster studies one key period in history by delving into the secrets of a historic town that encapsulates the era, providing an impression of what life was really like at key moments in the turbulent past

Review

From the evidence of last week’s letters page, we know RT readers don’t like to see presenters making hamfisted attempts at skilled crafts. So there might be some tutting tonight when Professor Alice Roberts has a go – none too successfully – at spinning flax.

But never mind, this is still a typically breezy and informative pocket guide to another fine British city, this time Belfast. At the start of Queen Victoria’s reign it was a small, fairly insignificant place. By the time she died, it was a flourishing industrial heartland and at the forefront of British shipbuilding.

Workers needed to have time off though, so Roberts chats to an expert about music halls and their often salacious, crowd-pleasing acts.

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Released on
2018-05-12
Languages
English
Formats
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Credits

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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
Executive producerDominic Bowles
Series producerDominic Ozanne

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  • Summary

    Professor Alice Roberts reveals the history of Belfast, the UK's most Victorian city. She visits the shipyards that built the Titanic, gets locked up in the notorious Crumlin Road gaol and takes a crash course in 19th-century female etiquette. The final episode of this unique take on British history, in which the academic, writer and broadcaster studies one key period in history by delving into the secrets of a historic town that encapsulates the era, providing an impression of what life was really like at key moments in the turbulent past

    Review

    From the evidence of last week’s letters page, we know RT readers don’t like to see presenters making hamfisted attempts at skilled crafts. So there might be some tutting tonight when Professor Alice Roberts has a go – none too successfully – at spinning flax.

    But never mind, this is still a typically breezy and informative pocket guide to another fine British city, this time Belfast. At the start of Queen Victoria’s reign it was a small, fairly insignificant place. By the time she died, it was a flourishing industrial heartland and at the forefront of British shipbuilding.

    Workers needed to have time off though, so Roberts chats to an expert about music halls and their often salacious, crowd-pleasing acts.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

    Sky History 2

    Sky History 2
    -

    Sky History 2 HD

    Sky History 2 HD
    -

    Streaming

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

    Details

    Released on
    2018-05-12
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour | HD | WIDE

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts
    Executive producerDominic Bowles
    Series producerDominic Ozanne
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