- What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us
show_name = What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us
genre = Documentary
director = nowrap beginSimon Baker·wrap
Jonathan Hassid·wrap Billie Pinknowrap end
country = UK
language = English
num_episodes = 6
producer = nowrap begin
Patricia Wheatley·wrap Stephen Haggard·wrap Jonathan Stampnowrap end
runtime = 23 minutes
November 11, 2003
preceded_by = nowrap begin
What the Stuarts Did for Usnowrap end
followed_by = nowrap begin
What the Ancients Did for Usnowrap end
related = nowrap begin
Seven Wonders Of The Industrial Worldnowrap end
imdb_id = 0418443
"What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us" is a
BBCdocumentary series produced in conjunction with the Open Universitythat examines the impact of the Industrial Revolutionon modern society. It was originally broadcast on BBC Twoin autumn 2003.
* Episode one (
2003-10-07): 2.6 million viewers.cite web | url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/oct/08/overnights | title=Wife Swap seduces 5m viewers | accessdate=2008-07-15| author= | last=Deans | first=Jason | authorlink= | coauthors= | date=2003-10-08 | year= | month= | format= | work= | publisher= The Guardian| pages= | language=English | doi= | archiveurl= | archivedate= | quote= ]
* Episode four (
2003-10-28): 2.4 million viewers.cite web | url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/oct/29/overnights | title=8m crash TV awards bash | accessdate=2008-07-15| author= | last=Cozens | first=Claire | authorlink= | coauthors= | date=2003-10-29 | year= | month= | format= | work= | publisher= The Guardian| pages= | language=English | doi= | archiveurl= | archivedate= | quote= ]
Episode one: "Material World"
Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the modern material world.
Ironmasters such as Abraham Darbyand John "Iron Mad" Wilkinson laid the foundations of modern metallic constructions.
atmospheric enginebuilt by Thomas Newcomento pump water from the mines powered the Industrial Revolution.
Plantationsconceived by Joseph Banksin New Zealandand Australiawith James Cooksowed the seeds of the global economy.
Mechanisationemerged in the cottonindustry from John Kay’s flying shuttleand James Hargreaves’ spinning jenny.
China claydiscovered by William Cookworthyallowed British potters to create the first British porcelain.
Mass productionemerged from all these innovations brining the good life of the elite to the masses.
Episode two: "Working Wonders"
Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern working life.
agricultureallowed farmers to produce enough food to allow the expanding population to flourish.
Civil engineeringemerged from the experiments in waterwheelefficiencies undertaken by John Smeeton.
steam enginewas developed from the Newcombe engine by James Wattand Matthew Boultonin the first international corporation.
*The letter copying press developed by Watt to deal with the mass of paper work at this business was the original
division of labourdiscussed by Adam Smithled to the production line developed by Bolton in early management consultancy.
Jacquard loomof Joseph Marie Jacquardprogrammed with punch cards was the forerunner of the modern computer.
Episode three: "On the Move"
Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern transportation.
*The elliptical spring of Obadiah Eliott revolutionised carriage design with the first suspension.
road networkconstructed by John Loudon McAdamand Thomas Telfordopened up the country to trade and travel.
suspension bridgeconstructed by Telford across the Menai Straitwas the most ambitious in the world.
*The wind powered "charvolant" of George Pocock opened people’s eyes to forms of power other than the horse.
*The high-pressure steam engine of
Richard Trevithickpowered the first steam carriageand railway locomotive.
*The Rocket of
George& Robert Stevensonwas the first self-propelled machine to outpace a galloping horse.
aeroplanedesign and manned flight came out of George Cayley’s study of aerodynamics.
Episode four: "Modern Medicine"
Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern medicine.
*Modern medicine emerged from
William Withering’s scientific study of traditional folk remedies.
ventilatorof Stephen Haleshelped to reduce airborne diseases with the first air-conditioning.
*Dephlogisticated air discovered by
Joseph Priestlyin experiments with a giant lens was later renamed Oxygen.
Vaccinationswere developed by Edward Jennerfrom his observation of milkmaidsto fight Smallpox.
stethoscopeof René Laennecallowed Charles Thackerer to examine the effects of industry on workers’ health.
Anatomy Actallowed doctors like William Huntermake huge advancements in understanding the human body.
Episode five: "War Machine"
Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern warfare.
riflemenwere the first to wear green as camouflageand taught to use their initiative.
Riflingwas used on the Baker rifleby Ezekiel Baker] to increase distance and accuracy.
*The mechanised production line of
Marc Bruneland Henry Maudslayrevolutionised industry.
*The first mass-produced precision-made object with interchangeable-parts was the
torpedodelivered by the Turtle of David Bushnellwas the beginning of submarine warfare.
boring machineof John "Iron Mad" Wilkinson revolutionised the casting of cannonsand the steam engine.
Wrought-ironwas used for the iron-hulled HMS Warrior and its rifled Armstrong Guns.
Episode six: "City Living"
Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern city life.
*Standardised house construction with integrated services were created by architects of the Westend housing boom like
*High-pressure water from cast-iron pipes specified in the 1817 Metropolitan Paving Act led to the modern bathroom.
*Consumer choice emerged through the flat fascias and plate glass windows of the arcades and parades of modern shop fronts.
Marketingemerged from the catalogues, hoardings and door-to-door salesmen of Josiah Wedgwoodand Thomas Bentley.
*The steam press of
Friedrich Koenigand Andreas Friedrich Bauerallowed " The Times" to dramatically increase circulation.
Interior designemerged from the new brightly coloured dyes such as the chrome yellowof Louis Vauquelin.
* cite book
Oct 16, 2003
title = What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us
last = Weightman
first = Gavin
id = ISBN 978-0563487944
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/ BBC History website]
* [http://www.open2.net/industrialrevolution/ Open University website]
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