Scaling Britain

BBC Two Daytime is to celebrate the history of architecture and engineering in Britain with an innovative new series, Scaling Britain, it is announced today, Tuesday 4 May.

In each episode, presenter Dr Jonathan Foyle – an expert and broadcaster in architectural history – will climb the exterior of an iconic structure as he reveals its design, construction and role in the history of British architecture and engineering.

Liam Keelan, BBC Daytime Controller, who commissioned the series, said: “Scaling Britain is an example of the inspiring and intelligent programmes we are increasingly making for our daytime viewers, such as Michael Portillo’s recent series Great British Railway Journeys.

“We’re delighted to have Dr Jonathan Foyle – a respected expert and broadcaster – at the helm to help bring the wonder of architecture to a wider audience.”

Combining engineering, architecture and history, Scaling Britain uses urban climbing techniques to reveal the history of architecture and engineering in Britain – both inside and out of the building.

The series will take viewers on a historical journey from early examples of architecture through to cutting-edge contemporary illustrations.

Each day, the programme looks at a different iconic building from St Paul’s Cathedral to the brand-new Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

Each structure – bridge, church, palace or castle – will illustrate different breakthrough moments, challenges and firsts in British engineering and architecture.

Scaling Britain will provide an exploration and celebration of why Britain looks the way it does today.

Gerard Melling is the executive producer for BBC Daytime. Scaling Britain (15×30) is produced for the BBC by ITN Productions and Philip Armstrong Dampier and Emma Read are the executive producers. It will transmit in Autumn 2011 on BBC Two at 6.30pm.

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