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The Blacksmith's Tale

Episode 3 of 3

A look at how blacksmiths created items that both served and embellished society, from the earliest hinges to baroque gates and mass-produced street furniture.

In a story where progress meets creative invention, this film looks at how the blacksmith created items in wrought and cast iron that both served and embellished society. From the earliest ornate hinges and doors to magnificent baroque gates and mass-produced street furniture, it reveals the mastery of metalworkers such as Jean Tijou, Robert Bakewell and John Tresilian, the designs of Robert Adam and George Gilbert Scott, and the mass marketers of the Victorian age such as the Saracen foundry.

Treasures are drawn from all corners of the UK in a celebration of the best of British decorative ironwork.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 17 Sep 2019 01:40

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Music Played

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

  • 00:21

    Philip Glass


    Performer: Bruce Brubaker.
  • 00:34

    George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the Priest

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Simon Preston. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey.
  • 00:58

    Portico Quartet

    Paper Scissors Stone


Role Contributor
Director Kath Pick
Executive Producer Franny Moyle