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22 October 2002 (UK)  »

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[Jeremy Clarkson is standing on top of one of the towers of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, looking out over the city of Bristol and the Avon Gorge]
Jeremy Clarkson: I'm slightly amazed that someone like Princess Diana is being discussed in this series. I'm sure she was a very lovely lady, but she's not really in the same class as Brunel. And John Lennon "I am the Egg-Man. I am the Walrus" - quite! And then there's William Shakespeare, a man who's brought *stupefying* boredom to the classroom for four hundred ...
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Presenter and material match perfectly
1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Jeremey Clarkson loves courting controversy as a flag-waving, xeonophobic little Englander (a German car's GPS always takes you to Poland), but let's be fair - he can be a great presenter and populariser, and this programme is one of his best.

Clarkson obviously has a genuine love for his subject: after reeling off a lengthy list if Brunel's achievements he finishes with "...and we haven't even got to the ships yet." He not only shows you Brunel's spectacular work, he *explains* what makes it so good. Stepping out from behind the Great Britain's propeller blade he says: "A modern propeller, designed by a computer, in the 21st Century, is only 5% more efficient than this propeller, which was designed by Victorian bloke in a top hat - the man was a genius!" He also makes time to show how modern engineering is so often taken for granted and used for indifferent ends - the structure of the Millennium Dome weighs less than the air it contains, and it was used for a circus show.

This is an entertaining and informative programme which I have watched time and time again since it was broadcast.


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