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How the Victorians Built Britain

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How Britain was transformed during the Victorian era

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Ten Ways the Victorians Changed Britain

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Michael Buerk narrates a documentary looking at landmark concepts and structures from the Victorian era that transformed the nation, examining sewers, bridges and trains, including London's underground. The programme also looks at advancements in hospitals and surgery, the ships that changed trading pathways for ever, and holidays.
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Review

A condensed version of Michael Buerk’s series from 2018 and earlier this year, this is a simple old-school premise for a history programme but it’s done well, with Buerk painting a vivid picture of how the Victorians revolutionised our lives.

Of course, he looks at the Industrial Revolution and changes to trading pathways, the construction of sewers and bridges, the innovations in medical care and surgery. But he also touches on the introduction of holidays (once the perk of the wealthy) and the reinvention of the seaside pier. In addition, he explores new areas including the way the Victorians introduced law and order and how they built new prisons.

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  • Ten Ways the Victorians Changed Britain

    Summary

    Michael Buerk narrates a documentary looking at landmark concepts and structures from the Victorian era that transformed the nation, examining sewers, bridges and trains, including London's underground. The programme also looks at advancements in hospitals and surgery, the ships that changed trading pathways for ever, and holidays.
    Recommended

    Review

    A condensed version of Michael Buerk’s series from 2018 and earlier this year, this is a simple old-school premise for a history programme but it’s done well, with Buerk painting a vivid picture of how the Victorians revolutionised our lives.

    Of course, he looks at the Industrial Revolution and changes to trading pathways, the construction of sewers and bridges, the innovations in medical care and surgery. But he also touches on the introduction of holidays (once the perk of the wealthy) and the reinvention of the seaside pier. In addition, he explores new areas including the way the Victorians introduced law and order and how they built new prisons.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorMichael Buerk
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