Architecture & design documentaries
Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture
What influence has architecture had on history and culture? And do buildings reflect the personality of a nation? Historian and writer Dan Cruickshank celebrates architecture as a creative force as he explores the world’s greatest cities, buildings and monuments in this compelling documentary series. He travels the globe visiting incredible structures that have left an indelible mark on humanity.
Brunel: Building a Great Britain
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the British civil engineer, is considered one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history. He was responsible for such astonishing feats as steamship travel across the Atlantic, building the first tunnel under a major river and constructing docks, harbors and bridges. His designs helped Britain to expand and grow as the powerhouse of the world.
A Grand Royal Design
For over a decade, Prince (now King) Charles oversaw the ambitious restoration of Dumfries House, a rundown 18th century stately home in one of the UK’s most deprived areas. As this intimate documentary shows, his goal was to instill hope and pride into a struggling community. Filmed over ten years, see the Princes’ painstaking journey to renovate a lost building and help those around.
Inside the Tower of London
The Tower of London has stood at the center of British history for nearly 1000 years. This fascinating history documentary series explores the incredible stories and goes behind closed doors to see what keeps the Tower functioning today. How was the Tower built? Who were the famous people to have walked through its gates? And meet the fascinating figures who keep the Tower running.
George Clarke's Remarkable Renovations
Across Britain, over 600,000 buildings lie unused and unloved. Nearly a third of them are commercial. Shops, post offices, bars and banks are closing down as towns and cities enter a new era. Architect George Clarke meets the brave people trying to breathe new life into these overlooked properties, transforming local landmarks into unique and extraordinary family homes.