Bronte Country
8PM Sat 25 October 2014

The dramatic moors and valleys of West Yorkshire were the home of, and inspiration for, the Brontes, the remarkable literary family that produced Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Over four days, Tony Robinson heads out from the Victorian wool capital of Bradford, and treks in a giant loop around what is now known as Bronte Country.

From the birth of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their brother Branwell in the Bradford suburb of Thornton, Tony traces their childhoods to the much-romanticised Bronte hub of Haworth.

But the shocking reality of 1820s life in the mill town was far removed both from the tourist town of today, and from the fantasy world dreamed up by the Bronte children at their father's parsonage home.

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    1. Walking Through History Sat 25 Oct 2014 Bronte Country 24 days left

      The dramatic moors and valleys of West Yorkshire were the home of, and inspiration for, the Brontes, the remarkable…

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    1. Walking Through History Bronte Country Sat 25 Oct 2014 24 days left

      The dramatic moors and valleys of West Yorkshire were the home of, and inspiration for, the Brontes, the remarkable…

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    2. Walking Through History North Norfolk Sat 22 Feb 2014

      Tony Robinson walks along the beautiful North Norfolk coast and through one of the least developed spots in the country.

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      1. S2-Ep6: The Victorian Age This video is a intro S2-Ep6: The Victorian Age Video duration: 1:28 minutes

        Tony travels to Sandringham House in Northfolk to explore the history behind the famous palace
    3. Walking Through History Northumbria Sat 15 Feb 2014

      In the seventh century, at the height of the Dark Ages, the rule of Northumbria stretched from Edinburgh to York. But…

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      1. S2-Ep5: Crossing the Border This video is a intro S2-Ep5: Crossing the Border Video duration: 1:58 minutes

        Tony crosses from Scotland to England on his way to St Cuthbert's Cave
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        Tony visits Durham Cathedral and explores the legacy of St Cuthbert
    4. Walking Through History Wigan Pier Sat 8 Feb 2014

      Tony Robinson visits Liverpool and Lancashire for a towpath exploration of grand industrial engineering along the…

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    5. Cornwall: Walking Through History Cornwall Sat 14 Dec 2013

      In the late 18th century there was a sure-fire way to earn a living along the Cornish coast: smuggling. The tiny…

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    6. Walking Through History The Lakes Sat 30 Nov 2013

      It was 30 years after the Romans invaded Britain that they were ready to take on the challenge of conquering the Lake…

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    7. Walking Through History Stonehenge Sat 23 Nov 2013

      Tony heads off for a 45-mile walk across Wiltshire to tell the story of life and death in the last centuries of the…

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    8. Battle in the Glens Sat 20 Apr 2013

      Tony takes on a tough four-day trek through the Kintail region of the west Scottish Highlands to discover the story of…

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    9. The Tudor Way Sat 13 Apr 2013

      Tony sets off on a 45-mile hike through the beautiful countryside of the Weald in Kent and the Downs of East Sussex to…

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    10. Frontline Dorset Sat 6 Apr 2013

      Tony's walk in this episode takes him back to 1940 when Dorset became the unlikely front line in the war against Hitler.

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        Follow Tony Robinson as he tours the coast of Dorset
    11. The Birth of Industry Sat 30 Mar 2013

      Tony takes a 40-mile walk through the glorious Peak District, along the Derwent Valley, where the world's industrial…

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        Tony explores the Industrial Revolution in the Peak District

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