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Furnace of Change

The Story of Wales Episode 4 of 6

Huw Edwards presents this major television history of Wales, showing the country in ways it has never been seen before.

The Industrial Revolution turns Wales into a global player, bringing unimaginable wealth - and desperate poverty. From Parys Mountain on Anglesey to Copperopolis, Swansea, in the south, the copper trade transforms the landscape and economy. Iron does the same for Merthyr Tydfil, making it a world-class centre of technology. This brave new Wales fuels massive social turmoil, riots and uprisings - and leads to the first national demands for democracy and workers' rights.

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1 hour

Last on

Thu 15 Aug 2013 22:40
BBC One Wales, Wales HD only


Role Contributor
PresenterHuw Edwards
Series ProducerPhil George
Series ProducerJohn Geraint
DirectorSophie Elwin Harris
ProducerSophie Elwin Harris

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