Built In Britain

8:30pm Sunday 14 October on BBC TWO

Britain’s infrastructure is a hot topic. Nearly everybody agrees we need more of it for both our economy and our future, while the roads, railways, water and power networks we rely on everyday are creaking. In the second part of this two part series, Evan Davis asks whether we are on the verge of the new golden age of infrastructure that Britain so desperately needs.

On a journey across Britain, Evan looks at how we’ve learnt from our mistakes to become a nation which is once again discovering its talent for epic engineering. For many years, Britain patched and mended its existing infrastructure, but recent success stories show that Britain is triumphing when it comes to great engineering.

Evan gains behind-the-scenes access to our most exciting and recent success stories and asks what are the ingredients needed to deliver a successful engineering project, and how we can carry on producing them. He rides in the cab of a Javelin train speeding through the Kent countryside on High Speed 1 and explores the Olympic Park with the men who made it such a success.

He meets some of Britain’s great engineers, architects and project managers to learn from them how we can discover our inner Victorian and get Britain building epic engineering on the scale needed.

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8:00pm Sunday 7 October on BBC TWO

Britain’s infrastructure is a hot topic. Nearly everybody agrees we need more of it for both our economy and our future, while the roads, railways, water and power networks we rely on are creaking. Once we were famous around the world for our epic feats of civil engineering – now do we need to rediscover that spirit?

In this two-part series, which combines fascinating access with telling insight, Evan Davis sets out to find the size of the engineering challenge Britain faces and how we can tackle it.

Evan goes behind the scenes to see bits of Britain you never usually get to. He visits the vast Crossrail boring machines burrowing their way under London’s streets, takes in the breath-taking views at the top of the Forth Road Bridge, and sees the teeming runways of Heathrow Airport from the tarmac.

He shows the scale of the challenge we face in modernising Britain, how the bill for the work will come to hundreds of billions of pounds, and how tricky it is to balance the infrastructure we need with the back gardens and green spaces we love.

But overall, Evan shows how the challenges can be overcome – and how we’ve rediscovered our great tradition of epic engineering.

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