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What the Victorians Did For Us

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Birth of Cinema

Duration: 4 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales (Analogue)

Adam Hart-Davis shows how Victorian cinema began with private viewings through machines called mutoscopes, which worked like giant flick-books. Show more

Duration: 4 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales (Analogue)

Adam Hart-Davis investigates the Victorian innovations that left a lasting impression on British society. Adam takes a lesson in Victorian etiquette.

Duration: 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

As the Victorians began to try more exotic foods, Adam Hart-Davis reveals that poor food-regulation meant treats like this contained anything from animal faeces to wax. Show more

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Episode 2: Playing God

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales (Analogue)

Adam Hart-Davis investigates Victorian innovations. He goes fossil hunting at Lyme Regis, recreates a Victorian seance, and examines devices for waking the dead. Show more

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Episode 3: Rule Makers

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Adam Hart-Davis investigates the Victorian innovations that left a lasting impression on British society. A look at how the Victorians defined a range of standards. Show more

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Episode 4: Crime and Punishment

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Adam Hart-Davis investigates the Victorian innovations that left a lasting impression on British society. In this programme, the world of crime and retribution. Show more

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Episode 8: Pleasure Seekers

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Adam Hart-Davis investigates Victorian innovations. He discusses the growth of the leisure industry, from seaside ice cream to music halls and theatres. Show more

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Episode 6: Conquerors

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Adam Hart-Davis investigates Victorian innovation. He visits Kew Gardens to examine the plants brought back by explorers and demonstrates submarine telegraphy. Show more

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Episode 1: Speed Merchants

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Adam Hart-Davis investigates the Victorian innovations that left a lasting impression on British society. This edition focuses on the Victorian obsession with speed. Show more

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Episode 7: Making It Big

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

A look at the Victorian innovations that left a lasting impression on British society. This episode examines the successes and failures of Victorian entrepreneurs. Show more