Birth of Britain
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Tony Robinson tells the epic story of how Britain was formed, and how the earth beneath our feet has shaped the country we live in today
Britain is probably better known for producing coal and tin, but a far greater treasure is hidden in the rocks around the UK - gold.
Tony Robinson goes in search of Britain's gold and is surprised to learn there is much more than you might think. He visits a Roman gold mine in Wales, tries his hand at gold panning in Scotland and visits the only working gold mine in the UK, which is in Northern Ireland.
Also, he discovers the earth-shattering geological events that came together to produce Britain's gold.
It's a story that goes back to the beginning of time, from exploding stars to vanishing oceans and colliding continents.
Tony Robinson travels from the north of Scotland to the banks of the Thames to uncover how ice ages have shaped the country we live in today.
From the stunning landscapes of the Highlands and the Lake District to the busy streets of Glasgow, Tony examines evidence that Britain's climate was once very different.
Britain was once in the grip of a ferocious, endless winter: an Ice Age. Tony explores how Arctic conditions and ice sheets over a mile thick have carved out the landscape of modern Britain.
Scattered across Britain are the remnants of a surprising volcanic past. Tony Robinson unearths these volcanic treasures, which lie hidden in the landscape and beneath some of our most iconic landmarks.
Tony travels the country, meeting the experts who reveal the impact of volcanoes on Britain's development. From a volcano blasting in the heart of Edinburgh to mega-volcanoes unleashing Armageddon in Snowdonia; from unstoppable lava floods in Skye to a gigantic slab of magma beneath Northumberland giving a helping hand to the Romans.
Birth of Britain synopsis
Tony Robinson tells the epic story of how Britain was formed, and how the earth beneath our feet has shaped the country we live in todayEpisode Guide >