What the Victorians Did for Us

What the Victorians Did for Us

2001 - 2003, History
The Victorian obsession with speed; the impact of steam power on farming.
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Episode Guide

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Crime and Punishment (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Crime and Punishment

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Making It Big (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Making It Big

    Dramatic successes and failures of Victorian entrepreneurs; swing bridge.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Social Progress and Rule Makers (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Social Progress and Rule Makers

    The Victorians defined standards for a whole range of activities, from engineering to table manners.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Death and Disease; Science (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Death and Disease; Science

    Underground sewers and flushing lavatories save millions of lives; scientific theories frighten God-fearing Victorians.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Pleasure Seekers (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Pleasure Seekers

    Leisure, the seaside and weekends were all Victorian inventions.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Conquerors; Making It Big (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Conquerors; Making It Big

    Plants explorers brought back from abroad; storm prediction; submarine telegraphy.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Playing God (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Playing God

    Devices designed for waking the dead; experimenter who reputedly created life.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - Speed (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Speed

    The impact of steam power on farming; Brunel's Great Western Railway; plane.

  • What the Victorians Did for Us - What the Victorians Did for Us (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    What the Victorians Did for Us

    The first house in the world to be equipped with the electric light bulb; growth of the leisure industry.

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