Britain's Greatest Machines: 1910s

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Wednesday 7 April, 7.30pm

Chris Barrie tells the story of the 1910s, a decade of triumphs and tragedies. This was an era of great leaps in technology and mind-blowing new wonders. The start of mass motoring with Charabanc coach trips and the amazing Edwardian cyclecar. New electric machines and the birth of long distance radio communications. Chris demonstrates the equipment that saved 700 lives on the Titanic. He investigates the ingenious, deadly machines that first created and then broke the deadly stalemate of trench warfare. And he pays tribute to the Vickers Vimy, an extraordinary war plane that at the end of this decade achieved one of the greatest landmarks in aviation history, flying non-stop across the Atlantic.

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