Walking Through History

Frontline Dorset

Series 1 - Episode 2 Frontline Dorset



Dorset’s rolling hills, winding lanes and picturesque villages make it the epitome of pretty British countryside, yet during the Second World War it played a vital role in the fight against possible Nazi invasion. Tony Robinson marches from Chesil Beach to Studland Bay exploring hastily built defences and uncovering fascinating stories.

Barnes Wallis tried out his famous bouncing bomb here while Langton Herring is one of this country’s few “doubly thankful” villages as all the local men who fought in both wars returned alive. Robinson seems genuinely interested while not being annoyingly over-enthusiastic.


Tony Robinson embarks on an expedition along Dorset's Jurassic coast to explore the county's hidden Second World War story. Starting beside the defences on Chesil Beach, he heads east to finish in Swanage and Studland Bay. On his five-day walk he encounters stunning scenery and uncovers wartime acts of ingenuity and bravery. He also discovers the crucial part a swannery played in developing a secret weapon and reveals the role of Dorset in protecting Britain from invasion during the conflict.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director Mike Wadding
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Executive Producer Simon Raikes
Producer Mike Wadding
Series Producer David Johnson
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