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A303: Highway to the Sun

Tom Fort whisks us through the landscape around south west England's A303 road and 5,000 years of history, including a Neolithic traveller and a medieval murder mystery.

The A303 is the road that passes Stonehenge on the way to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. On the way, it whisks drivers through 5,000 years of remarkable moments in British history. And it is the star of this film made for armchair travellers and history lovers.

Writer Tom Fort drives its 92-mile length in a lovingly restored Morris Traveller. Along the way he has many adventures - he digs up the 1960s master plan for the A303's dreams of superhighway status, meets up with a Neolithic traveller who knew the road like the back of his hand, gets to know a section of the Roman 303, uncovers a medieval murder mystery and discovers what lies at the end of the Highway to the Sun.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 21 Apr 2021 02:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Dave James & Keith Beauvais

    Bongo Beach

  • Kate Bush

    How To Be Invisible

  • Barrie Gledden


  • Duncan Pittock

    Ice Maiden

  • Tim Garland & Bob Bradley

    Driving School

  • Paul Mottram

    Deserted Land

  • Adam Skinner & Dan Skinner


  • Luke Richards

    Something in the Shadows

  • Richard Thompson

    Treadwell No More

  • Richard Thompson

    Main Title Revisited

  • Helen Jane Long


  • Paul Mottram

    Blues Walk Fast

  • Brian Eno

    The Water Garden

  • Paul Mottram

    Shadow Play

  • Adam Skinner & Dan Skinner

    Anti Gravity

  • Igor Dvorkin & Duncan Pittock

    Jagged Ice

  • Paul Mottram

    Dagger & Cloak

  • Duncan Pittock

    Black Ice

  • Duncan Pittock

    Ice Queen

  • Lisa Gerrard

    The Unfolding

  • Ian Hughes

    Hanson Carriage

  • Luke Richards

    Big Wide World

  • Nick Ingman

    Orbit 2 (feat. Terry Devine-King)

  • Tim Garland

    Miles Away

  • Toumani Diabaté

    Kaunding Cissoko

  • Kula Shaker


  • 00:12


    Dragon's Are Real

  • 00:13

    Wild Hunt

    Window To The Nether

  • 00:18

    Mazzy Star

    Into Dust

  • 00:51

    Massive Attack

    Dissolved Girl (feat. Sara Jay)

  • 00:53

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Child Song


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Fort
Producer John Holdsworth
Director John Holdsworth
Executive Producer Chris Granlund