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Evan Davis accesses bits of Britain rarely seen to look at the engineering challenge Britain faces. Evan examines a tunnel-boring machine carving a new railway under London.

Evan Davis gains access to bits of Britain you never see, to look at the scale of the engineering challenge Britain faces, and how we can tackle it. He visits the vast Crossrail boring machines burrowing their way under London's streets, takes in the breathtaking views at top of the Forth Road Bridge, and sees the teeming runways of Heathrow Airport from the tarmac.

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Thu 31 Jan 2019 14:00

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Music Played

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

  • 00:14

    David Holmes

    I Heard Wonders

  • 00:19

    Nick Drake

    Northern Sky

  • 00:27


    Hurts Like Heaven

  • 00:49

    Tom Jones

    Green, Green Grass of Home

  • 00:54

    Nick Drake

    Cello Song


Role Contributor
Presenter Evan Davis
Director Adam Grimley
Producer Adam Grimley
Executive Producer Darren Kemp


  • Sun 7 Oct 2012 20:00
  • Wed 10 Oct 2012 22:30
  • Thu 31 Jan 2019 14:00

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