A new TV series seeking to uncover The Wonder Of Britain will feature Blackpool Tower.
Presenter Julia Bradbury sets off on ITV tonight in the five-part programme, travelling 12,000 miles up and down the country to celebrate some of the most impressive natural and manmade wonders that make Britain great.
The new series takes in some of the country’s most spectacular locations as Julia selects the landmarks she believes we should be most proud of.
Next Tuesday the famous Tower complex will feature, not in the episode celebrating coastal heritage – surprisingly – but looking at the wonder of the Industrial Revolution, alongside sites such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the SS Great Britain and Manchester Town Hall.
Julia rides the lift to the top of The Tower, where she gets a close-up look at the on-going renovation project, and helps to chip off the layers of paint, in an effort to control the continual rust that affects the Tower.
The series also looks at our natural and royal heritage, as well as the rolling countryside, dramatic coastline, bird-filled archipelagos and deep dizzying gorges to beautifully eclectic buildings – from grand stately homes to cramped industrial era terraces.
“If you’d have asked me whether or not the industrial stories would have been the most some of the most exciting prior to filming, I probably would have said, ‘No’,” Julia said.
“But the way we’ve covered our industrial and story of invention is really interesting. It’s in a very non-history lesson way, which works for me.
“And we’ve highlighted epoch making moments like the factory act of 1847, which restricted workers’ hours.
“That had a huge impact on how we started to spend our free time as a nation.
“It doesn’t seem to be a very important part of our industrial heritage but it changed leisure time, not just across the country but across the world.
“Workers for the first time had leisure time,” she added, possibly explaining Blackpool’s position in the industrial episode.
“And this all happened during the advent of our burgeoning railway system which meant we could travel to places we hadn’t travelled to before.
“That had a huge impact on us socially.”
* The Wonder Of Britain, ITV1, tonight, 9pm.