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A History of the World

The Birth of Steam

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One South WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Adam Hart-Davis tells the remarkable story of Thomas Newcomen, the Devon man who invented the world's first working steam-powered engine, first used to pump water out of mines. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Adam Hart-Davis
Executive Producer:
Simon Willis
Producer:
Andrew Brown

A History of the World

Jenner's Marvellous Medicine

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Professor Mark Horton tells the epic story of the world's greatest medical discovery. Edward Jenner's vaccination for smallpox saved billions of lives across the globe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Horton
Director:
Andrew Brown
Executive Producer:
Roger Farrant

A History of the World

Ploughs, Cows and Clover

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One EastLatest broadcast: on BBC One Cambridgeshire

Garden designer Chris Beardshaw explores how East Anglia has helped feed the world. Five objects tell the story of a revolution in farming that gives the region a place in history. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Beardshaw
Producer:
Clive Dunn

A History of the World

A Tale of Two Rival Cities

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North West

Broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie takes a wry look at the rivalry between the two great northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester through historical objects. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stuart Maconie
Executive Producer:
Deborah Van Bishop
Executive Producer:
Cat Lewis

A History of the World

The Clock That Changed the World

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & LincsLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Adam Hart-Davis tells the story of the amazing 280-year-old wooden clock, made in Lincolnshire, that changed timekeeping for ever and helped to navigate round the world. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Adam Hart-Davis
Producer:
Paul Bader
Executive Producer:
Nicola Addyman

A History of the World

Cumbria's Atomic Pioneers

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North East & CumbriaLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Stuart Maconie goes in search of Britain's atomic past, discovering the world's first nuclear power station, tucked away in a remote and beautiful corner of the Cumbrian coastline. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stuart Maconie
Executive Producer:
Jacqui Hodgson

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One YorkshireLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary tells the story of the country's biggest and bloodiest ever battle in which 28,000 soldiers died in a single day during the Wars of the Roses. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Terry Deary
Producer:
Roger Keech
Executive Producer:
Nicola Addyman