Wales and the History of the World
Did you know that the wheel - well the spare wheel - was the invention of two brothers from Llanelli? Or that the first ever passenger railways train was Welsh?
A new four-part history documentary, Wales and the History of the World begins tomorrow, Wednesday 3 March, 7.30pm on BBC One Wales. Presented by Eddie Butler, the former Welsh international rugby player turned broadcaster, the programme tells some remarkable stories of how Welsh creativity and invention has transformed the world.
Eddie travels around Wales in search of objects that tell stories of the nation's influence on the world and the world's influence on Wales. In this episode called 'Firsts', Eddie fires up a replica of the first steam railway engine, as well as getting behind the wheel of Babs, the car which once held the world land speed record set on Pendine Sands in 1926.
Eddie Butler in a RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) which was invented in
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