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  • BRITAIN'S GREATEST MACHINES WITH CHRIS BARRIE

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TV icon, Chris Barrie, serves up a big dose of nostalgia in our new series celebrating British design.

TV icon and vintage machine enthusiast, Chris Barrie, serves up a big dose of nostalgia in this exclusive new series celebrating British design. From the Spitfire to the Mini Cooper, Chris salutes over fifty years of world-beating British know how, revealing how these mechanical icons helped shape Britain and changed peoples’ lives in the process.

Focusing on four decades - the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s and 1980s – Chris takes a trip down memory lane and familiarises himself with everything from the world’s fastest steam locomotive and the iconic Routemaster bus, to the ever-popular Mini Cooper and the unlikely icons of the Ford Transit Van and the Sinclair C5.

Britain's Greatest Machines with Chris Barrie: 1930s
Witness Chris driving the world’s fastest steam locomotive, the A4 Gresley, before he takes a flight in a Dragon Rapide, one of Britain’s most successful early commercial airliners. This decade also introduced us to the Morris, the mass-produced car which went on to influence the production of one of the fastest tanks of WWII – the Crusader.

Britain's Greatest Machines with Chris Barrie: 1950s
Chris takes a ride on the iconic Routemaster bus at his local skidpan and fires up a Vulcan bomber. Then, taking the controls of a Deltic Diesel locomotive, he finds out how wartime technology and material were used to build groundbreaking new machines in an attempt to remain a world leader in engineering.

Britain's Greatest Machines with Chris Barrie: 1960s
Monte Carlo is Chris’ next destination where he relives the celebrated Monte Carlo Rally at the wheel of a Mini Cooper. Chris also gets his hands on some revolutionary trucks, charts the birth of the white van man and investigates the secrets of the iconic Post Office Tower.

Britain's Greatest Machines with Chris Barrie: 1980s
The ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean DMC is the starting point for Chris in the 1980s, followed by a closer look at the unsung hero of the Falklands War, the Scimitar tank. Chris also looks into machines that were ahead of their time including the unforgettable Sinclair C-5.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1910s
    Chris explains how technology changed warfare for ever, before he climbs into the cockpit for an exhilarating flight to fly across the Atlantic.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1920s
    Chris explores the motorbikes, articulated lorries, petrol pumps and planes that came off the drawing board top redefine an exciting new world.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1930s The Road To War
    Chris Barrie drives an A4 Gresley and takes a flight in a Dragon Rapide as he seeks out the greatest British machines of the 1930s.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1940s
    Brand new tractor and car designs help build the peace that followed.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1950s A New World Order
    Chris Barrie takes a Routemaster bus and fires up a Vulcan bomber as he investigates the stories behind the greatest British Machines of the 1950s.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1960s Revolution By Design
    Chris Barrie relives the Monte Carlo rally at the wheel of a Mini Cooper and recreates Sir Ranulph Fiennes exploration of the Nile by hovercraft.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1980s The Future Has Landed
    Chris takes a ride in a "Back to the Future" DeLorean DMC and revisits the Falklands War as he seeks out the greatest British Machines of the 1980s.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: Trains
    Chris heads down a mine to witness rails earliest roots and takes a spin on the Trevithick Puffing Devil, the worlds first high-pressure steam engine.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1910s
    Chris explores the 1910s, a decade of great leaps in technology, new wonders and historic triumphs, overshadowed by great tragedies.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1920s
    Chris explores the Roaring 20s, a decade of boom and bust, and an age of empire where Britain built wonders and dominated international motor sport.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1940s
    Chris explores the 40s, where war was the mother of invention. This period of innovation, ingenuity, and improvisation created modern Britain.
  • Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: Trains
    Chris explores the history of trains, the steam pioneers. Of all the great British machines, this one in particular transformed life across the world.
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