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The Secret Life of the National Grid

Episode 1: Wiring the Nation

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

At the heart of Britain sits something so all pervasive we don't even notice it's there - the national electricity grid. This three-part series charts how our lives got wired and the impact electrification has had.

The opening part takes us from the epic construction of the first grid in the 1920s and 30s to the challenge of making sure there is power at the flick of a switch today. Using rare archive and vivid personal accounts it reveals the heroic efforts, architectural masterpieces and engineering achievements behind the real power map of Britain.

Contributors include author Will Self, urban planner Sir Peter Hall and grid veterans on how Britain first banished darkness and turned on the electric light. Show less

Contributors

Series Producer:
Gaby Hornsby
Series Producer:
Gaby Hornsby
Director:
Gaby Hornsby
Director:
Gaby Hornsby
Executive Producer:
Clare Sillery
Executive Producer:
Clare Sillery

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