Walking Through History

The Birth of Industry

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Birth of Industry



The Peak District is the backdrop for the first of a new series where Tony Robinson rambles through historic landscapes to soak up stories from Britain’s past. Robinson is usually excellent at this sort of thing and the series promises to reveal hidden stories that ordinary walkers might easily miss.

He begins with a trek through the Derwent Valley, where the Industrial Revolution was born, and recounts how Britain transformed itself from a nation of farmers to the powerhouse of the world. There’s also a visit to Haddon Hall, the 900-year-old stately home used to film three different versions of Jane Eyre.


Tony Robinson embarks on expeditions through some of Britain's most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from the nation's past. He begins with a 40-mile walk along the Derwent Valley in the Peak District, where the world's industrial revolution was born. En route he visits the sleepy village of Cromford to find out about the work of entrepreneur Richard Arkwright, and stops off at a 900-year-old stately home that has been used as the location for three Jane Eyre films. Brian Blessed also introduces Tony to the joys - and the significance - of the Cromford canal, before this leg of his journey ends in Derby.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Contributor Brian Blessed
Director Tom Cholmondeley
Executive Producer Philip Clarke
Executive Producer Simon Raikes
Series Producer David Johnson
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