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The life and work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Duration: 12:36

Isambard Kingdom Brunel tells the story of his life. He shows how he became an engineer and tunnelled through Box Hill to build the Great Western Railway. The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation. We see Brunel as a child being taught by his father, following his dream to become an engineer. Brunel becomes chief engineer on a brand new railway, one that will for the first time transport people from place to place. This gives Brunel the chance to prove to the world what he and engineering can achieve. We see how a tunnel is dug through Box Hill, the two sides meeting in the middle perfectly. We see the first time passengers board the train from London to Bristol.

Available since: Tue 6 Mar 2012

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True Stories Episode 1

1/2 From Florence Nightingale to Brunel, follow 10 children who grew up and changed the world.

First broadcast: 06 Mar 2012

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