HISTORY

Walking Through History 1 – Episode 3

Tony Robinson takes a 45 mile hike through the beautiful countryside of the Weald in Kent and East Sussex to discover its rich and surprising Tudor heritage.

From the impressively preserved Penshurst Place, where author Philippa Gregory helps Tony relish the fate of the grand Duke of Buckingham at the hands of the young Henry the Eighth, he travels up what used to be secret paths to Hever Castle.

Henry’s saucy courting of the Boleyn girls at Hever comes as perhaps no surprise. But Tony travels on to find out how Henry VIII’s reign brought not just fame and disaster to the women who caught his eye but also wrought huge social, political, and industrial change to the country and especially this area.

Before finishing in the town of Lewes where he can relive one of the more brutal monastic dissolutions, Tony will have uncovered treason in Henry’s court, discovered how the Weald’s iron ore deposits made it the industrial heart of Tudor England and he’ll have seen the ruthless extent of one man’s ambition – Thomas Cromwell.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 3 of 4


 

Walking Through History 1 – Episode 2

Tony heads off on a 40 mile walk through the glorious Peak District and along the Derwent Valley. The landscape here is incredible; wild, dramatic and romantic. But it’s also the place where one of the most extraordinary chapters in British history unfolded; the Derwent Valley is the place where the Industrial Revolution began. This is a journey that reveals how Britain transformed itself from a nation of farmers into the industrial powerhouse of the world. Richard Arkwright established the world’s first factory in the quiet Peaks village of Cromford. Nearby is the building that would lay the foundations for today’s skyscrapers.

Brian Blessed introduces Tony to the joys – and the huge significance – of the local Cromford canal. Later he climbs to the heights of the Peaks, drawn by the chance to operate a huge steam winding engine that’s been working in the same place since 1829. He ends his incredible journey through economic time in Derby; the railway town’s secret crown jewel is the world’s first Engine Roundhouse, built in 1839 and now restored to its former glory.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 2 of 4


 

Walking Through History 1 – Episode 1

This week, Tony’s walk takes him back to 1940 when extraordinarily, the sleepy county of Dorset became the frontline in the war against Hitler. His five day 60 mile walk along the Jurassic coast reveals the county’s hidden World War II story.

Starting by the defences on Chesil Beach (still standing 70 years on), Tony’s journey encompasses stunning scenery and amazing acts of ingenuity and bravery as he heads east to finish in Swanage and Studland Bay.

He uncovers the strange part a world famous swannery played in developing a secret weapon. He hears of the bravery of the man who won the Victoria Cross serving in Portland Harbour when it became one of the very first places in Britain to be bombed by the Germans. He reveals the role Dorset had to play in protecting Britain from invasion, and in an emotional climax he meets one of the veterans who survived after landing on Omaha Beach on D Day.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1 of 4


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 6

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

The series concludes with an episode of particular interest to our co-production partner and its vast domestic audience: Chinese have come to Australia as students, prospectors, traders, migrants, they have worked here and returned home, or settled. They have included a bushranger, two highly decorated Anzacs of the First World War, sports stars, pioneers in many walks of life and high achievers in public life, the arts, medicine and science. In this episode we meet many of them.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 6 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 5

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

For many the images of Australia are of desert and Outback, of beach and reef and this series serves up all of those images. But in this episode we tell the story of our modern, dynamic cities and of the lives of this most urbanised country on earth with its love of the beach, of sport, of fine dining – with its old quarters, its Chinatowns and its skyscrapers and opera houses.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 5 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 4

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

Higher education is one of Australia’s most important “exports” and students from China are the largest single international group. This episode reviews the diverse nature of Australian educational institutes and the varied experiences of those who come here to learn – and those who come here to teach.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 4 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 3

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

The story of Australian mining has always had a close relationship to China and Chinese people. Our a story starts with the gold rushes when many came direct from China to the diggings and continues with the story of modern mining activities – taking us to remote parts of the country to see the huge workings that are supplying coal, gas and many minerals to the world.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 3 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 2

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

Australia rose as a nation during the boom of the wool industry, and other pastoral industries. We will see vast outback country as well as the lush pastures of the dairy and orchard industries. We see the shearers at work, the vast cattle runs of the north and the newer industries with their important export activities – aquaculture and wine.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 2 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 1

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

A broad, dynamic overview of everything that is special about Australia – the familiar and the less familiar features of our land, our flora and fauna, an historical context for the series and an insight into Indigenous culture from its ancient rock art to its vibrant, continuing presence.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1 of 6


 

The Big House – Anglo-Irish Houses – Episode 4

As the volunteer servants reach the end of their journey they have to prepare for a sumptuous five course dinner party. It’s their biggest challenge yet, the nerves are tangible as the butler and his footmen put what they have learned to the test whilst in the kitchen fingers are crossed the ovens will work and the soufflés set. Bryan Murray looks at the end of the Big House in Ireland as many of the houses were burned or left to ruin.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 4 of 4


 

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