Walking Through History: North Norfolk

Walking Through History: North Norfolk

Series 3

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Review

On the final leg of his journey, Tony Robinson dons his backpack to yomp through north Norfolk, a place, he says, “not on the way to anywhere, so much on the edge, the periphery”. He explores its royal connections when he sets off from the Sandringham estate, bought by Queen Victoria in an effort to keep her son Bertie, the Prince of Wales, away from London and out of trouble.

It didn’t work. Instead of entertaining his mistresses (Lillie Langtry, Alice Keppel, Lady Randolph Churchill) in the capital, he entertained them at Sandringham, too. Robinson ends the series beside the seaside, in Cromer.

Summary

Tony Robinson travels along the north Norfolk coast through one of the least developed spots in Britain, finding out how the area maintained its rural, remote identity despite the dynamic industrial changes of the Victorian age. From the arrival of Bertie, Prince of Wales at Sandringham House to the opening of Cromer Pier, Tony's four-day walk sees him learn about key periods in the county's history. He explores prime shooting estates, purpose-built seaside resorts, salt marshes and disused railway lines as he discovers how powerful landowners were able to control development and even shape the railways to suit their needs.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director Owen Rodd
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Series Producer Owen Rodd
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