North Norfolk
First Broadcast: 12AM Sat 22 February 2014

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

This rural, remote area may now be cherished as the homeland of Alan Partridge, but Tony is determined to get back to the Victorian age. How did North Norfolk remain so blissfully unaffected by that time of dynamic change when industry and railways transformed lives and landscapes across Great Britain?

From the arrival of Bertie, Prince of Wales at Sandringham House, to the opening of Cromer pier, Tony's four-day walk is a journey through 40 years of Victorian Norfolk.

Late-19th-century Norfolk was a place of entrepreneurs, trend-setters, commerce and those all-important railways. It had the money, the power and even the fashionable royal status it needed to transform itself for the modern world. But it didn't transform itself.

Tony explores prime shooting estates, purpose-built seaside resorts, salt-marshes, disused railway lines and vast barley-growing estates. He discovers how the all-powerful landowners could control development and even shape the railways to suit their needs.

And from the gentlemen hunters who discovered conservation to the fashionistas who briefly made Cromer the place to be seen, he discovers how social attitudes and change have helped keep North Norfolk just how we like it.

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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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
    10. 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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