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Walking Through History

  • 2020
  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Education

Summary

Tony Robinson embarks on spectacular walks through some of Britain's most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from our country's past.

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Episode 1: The Birth of Industry

Summary

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.

Review

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.

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DirectorTom Cholmondeley
Executive producerPhilip Clarke
Executive producerSimon Raikes
Series producerDavid Johnson

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  • Episode 1

    The Birth of Industry

    Summary

    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.

    Review

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterTony Robinson
    ContributorBrian Blessed

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTom Cholmondeley
    Executive producerPhilip Clarke
    Executive producerSimon Raikes
    Series producerDavid Johnson
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