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Building Wonders (6 Parts)

Synopsis
Some of the greatest design feats engineered by man, from the earliest monuments 5,000 years ago to the magnificence of 1960’s technology and Concord, are explored and explained by archaeologist, Julian Richards. Computer Generated Imagery is built into the fabric of this series, as both the real world and the builder’s plans are examined. In the six, 30-minute programmes Richard looks at Stonehenge; Box Tunnel - built for the original route of the Great Western Railway and the longest railway tunnel in the world at the time of its construction; Bristol’s floating harbour; Gloucester cathedral; the Fosse Way; Concorde - the world’s first supersonic airliner.
Series
Building Wonders, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2008
Notes
Broadcast on ITV1 West of England, beginning 14/2/08 and on Teachers TV2/1/10
Subjects
Archaeology; Engineering
Keywords
aeronautical engineering; cathedrals; civil engineering; computer animation; construction engineering; harbours; railways; road building; Stonehenge; tunnels; Roman Britain; Concorde

Online availability

URI
http://www.teachers.tv/series/building-wonders
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Contributor
Julian Richards

Sponsor

Name

ITV1

Distributor

Name

Teachers’ TV

Email
info@teachers.tv
Web
http://www.teachers.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7182 7430
Address
6-18 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LN
Notes
Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/teacherstv

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