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Wiring the Nation

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.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 6 Oct 2011 22:00

Credits

Role Contributor
NarratorPhilip Glenister
NarratorPhilip Glenister
Series ProducerGaby Hornsby
Series ProducerGaby Hornsby
DirectorGaby Hornsby
DirectorGaby Hornsby
Executive ProducerClare Sillery
Executive ProducerClare Sillery