How Britain Worked

8:00pm Sunday, October 21 on C4

In this new six-part series, third generation lorry mechanic, motorcycle racer and engineering enthusiast Guy Martin celebrates the workers of the Industrial Revolution by getting stuck into six of the country’s biggest restoration projects, bringing some of the 19th Century’s most impressive engineering achievements back to life. Each episode focuses on the jobs of the Industrial Revolution’s unsung heroes – the ordinary men, women and children who worked 14 hour days for little pay to create extraordinary things that changed the country forever. Guy will find out about their way of life, the dangers they faced and the skills they possessed which were the envy of the world. Guy’s project in this opening episode is to help overhaul a tank engine – a steam locomotive with the designation “5164”, which is currently 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. Contact: Yad Luthra, yadluthra@talktalk.net

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