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Building Britain

Documentary exploring Britain from below. Dallas Campbell reveals how we can only understand the world around us by discovering the hidden wonders beneath our feet.

This series is a unique view of Britain - from below. In this first of two programmes, Dallas Campbell reveals why we can only understand the familiar world around us by discovering the hidden wonders beneath our feet. Breathtaking computer graphics strip away the earth to lay bare this secret world that's rarely explored.

Dallas finds out how the Shard of London - the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe - stays standing on soft clay. He canoes along a secret river under the city of Bristol and discovers why Edinburgh was sited on an ancient volcano. Exploring the natural world, he abseils down an underground waterfall higher than Niagara. And beneath one of the nation's oldest oak trees, he discovers a vast root system that's wider and more intricate than its branches.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 4 Apr 2019 21:00

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Music Played

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

  • 00:02


    Flowers and Football Tops

  • 00:03

    James Brown

    The Boss

  • 00:04

    James Brown

    You Played Yourself

  • 00:18


    Shoot The Runner

  • 00:22

    Gustavo Santaolalla


  • 00:26



  • 00:38

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Soul Limbo

  • 00:52

    Jerry Goldsmith

    Theme from Basic Instinct


Role Contributor
Presenter Dallas Campbell
Participant Roma Agrawal
Participant Dave Talbot
Participant Dave Denis
Participant Julian Midder
Participant Sharon Hosegood
Participant Sean Palin
Series Producer Andrew Thompson
Executive Producer Nigel Paterson
Executive Producer Jacqueline Smith


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