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The Industrial Landscape

Episode 6 of 6

The story of how Britain's industrial heartlands have changed, comparing images from 1939 with ones from 2008. The scale and speed of change is apparent.

The story of how Britain's industrial heartlands have been transformed in the space of a single lifetime.

In 1939, the Luftwaffe secretly photographed the backbone of the British economy: the valleys of South Wales where the great coalfields powered the nation; Swindon, at the heart of Britain's railway network; and Manchester, home to the great port of Salford and the world's largest industrial estate Trafford Park.

Comparing those images with ones from 2008, the sheer scale and speed of change becomes vividly apparent. Where there were factories there are fields; mining villages no longer have mines; docks have been replaced by high-spec waterside apartments. Seen from above, it is clear that no other aspect of the nation has changed so much or so quickly. It is a story of evolution, adaptation, and in some places, extinction.

30 minutes

Last on

Thu 24 Oct 2013 01:30

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Credits

Role Contributor
Series Producer Lucy Van Beek
Director Chris Mitchell

Broadcasts

  • Sun 24 Aug 2008 22:00
  • Sat 30 Aug 2008 02:20
  • Wed 22 Oct 2008 19:30
  • Wed 3 Dec 2008 20:30
  • Sat 24 Jan 2009 17:00
  • Sun 3 May 2009 20:00
  • Fri 24 Jul 2009 18:30
  • Wed 21 Apr 2010 23:30
  • Wed 7 Jul 2010 22:45
  • Sun 22 Aug 2010 22:00
  • Fri 24 Sep 2010 20:00
  • Fri 4 Mar 2011 20:30
  • Tue 8 Mar 2011 19:30
  • Sun 31 Jul 2011 22:30
  • Wed 23 Oct 2013 19:30
  • Thu 24 Oct 2013 01:30