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Steam Days

The Fishing Line

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington travels across the western Highlands on one of the most picturesque railways in Britain, from Fort William to Mallaig. Show more

Steam Days

Going Great Western

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington explores the line laid from Bristol to Exeter by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and then travels through south Devon in all its glory. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Ian Hislop takes a look at the notorious Beeching Report of 1963, which led to the closure of a third of the nation's railway lines and forced thousands of people onto the road. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ian Hislop
Producer:
Deborah Lee
Director:
Deborah Lee
Executive Producer:
Neil Cameron

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sadeq Saba travels to Iran to explore the life and work of Omar Khayyam, the great medieval mathematician and poet whose philosophy continues to resonate with modern Iranians. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Marcus du Sautoy
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Art Malik
Executive Producer:
Neil Cameron