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

TV icon and vintage machine enthusiast, Chris Barrie, serves up a big dose of nostalgia in this exclusive 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.