Description:Fifty years ago,there was no plant. There were just machines. In the early 19th century there were steam cranes and hammers. The cranes evolved into steam shovels (known as steam navvies) and drag-lines. Steam hammers left steelworks and became pile-drivers and disease-ridden Victorian life was revolutionised by the building of proper sewers and tunnels carrying hydraulic power for lifts and factories. This six part series is about the mechanical muscles that mould Britain's world. It is about people and machines that we take for granted or are part of a usually hidden Britain with some surprises.
Once again,John Peel,brings his unique and humorous style of narration to the series.