Railways: The Making of a Nation

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The New Commuters

Series 1 - Episode 4 The New Commuters



There’s something distinctly British about our romantic fascination and attachment to the nation’s railways – and it’s no surprise. As this authoritative series demonstrates, modern life as we know it owes almost everything to the Industrial Revolution, and the development of the rail infrastructure that came with it.

In tonight’s excursion, Liz McIvor — as assertive a guide as ever — along with historians and locomotive experts, accompanies us to early commuter towns such as Surbiton, which rose up as the railways allowed us to live farther and farther away from the workplace.


Liz McIvor examines how the railways enabled people to live further and further from the places where they worked, visiting London and the south east of England, the nation's largest commuter zone.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Liz McIvor
Producer Vince Rogers
Series Producer Andy Richards