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How Britain Worked

  • Episode 1

    Guy helps to overhaul a steam locomotive used on the popular Severn Valley Railway, a 16-mile stretch of track in Shropshire preserved to look just as it did in the 19th century

  • Episode 2

    Guy works to get a Yorkshire saw mill up and running again, and then use it to make a replica of one of the less-celebrated inventions of the Victorian era: the first pedal-powered bicycle

  • Episode 3

    The great British seaside holiday was a largely Victorian invention. Guy visits Llandudno to help get this Queen of Victorian resorts up to scratch in time for the summer season.

  • Episode 4

    In this edition Guy's project is the first piston engine ever built. The Newcomen Beam Engine was the first practical device to harness the power of steam and kick-started the Industrial Revolution.

  • Episode 5

    Guy helps restore the oldest surviving Brixham sailing trawler, the boat that launched the modern fishing industry and transformed the way a nation ate

  • Episode 6

    Birmingham Botanical Gardens may seem an unlikely place to explore the wonders of the Industrial Revolution, but behind its fragrant borders Guy Martin finds a hidden world of Victorian engineering