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Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie
TV icon and vintage machine enthusiast, Chris Barrie, serves up a big dose of nostalgia in this exclusive new series celebrating British design. From the Spitfire to the Mini Cooper, Chris salutes over fifty years of world-beating British know how, revealing how these mechanical icons helped shape Britain and changed peoples’ lives in the process.
Focusing on four decades - the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s and 1980s – Chris takes a trip down memory lane and familiarises himself with everything from the world’s fastest steam locomotive and the iconic Routemaster bus, to the ever-popular Mini Cooper and the unlikely icons of the Ford Transit Van and the Sinclair C5.
TECHNOLOGY: Britain's Greatest Machines
On: National Geographic HD (543)
Date: Thursday 4th June 2009
Time: 21:00 to 22:00 (1 hour long)
Witness Chris driving the world’s fastest steam locomotive, the A4 Gresley, before he takes a flight in a Dragon Rapide, one of Britain’s most successful early commercial airliners. This decade also introduced us to the Morris, the mass-produced car which went on to influence the production of one of the fastest tanks of WWII – the Crusader.
(New, Stereo, Widescreen, High Definition, 2009)
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