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Hidden History Of Britain   

Information
Series 1: 4x60 | HD | 2017
Series 2: 5x60 | HD | 2018
Production Company
Transparent TV
Primary Broadcaster
Channel 5

Deserted villages, abandoned prisons, empty hospitals and derelict military bases… there is a treasure trove of crumbling buildings across Britain lying dormant, untouched for decades and frozen in time.

In this series Michael Portillo will roll up his sleeves to become a guerrilla urban explorer of Britain’s most exciting abandoned buildings.

Prizing open the doors of each grand, historic and now derelict building, Michael will turn detective to unearth clues amongst the rubble and reveal the fascinating stories their walls once bore witness to.

As we explore each dust-covered building, unearth revealing archive and meet with the men and women who have personal memories of each location, we will uncover secrets about our forgotten but not too distant past.
 

Series 2 - Episode 5: Seaside Escape

Michael Portillo explores the history of the British seaside resort. He gets up close and personal with the ghostly skeleton of Brighton's West pier, which has become one of the UK's most well known ruins. He meets Jo Berry, daughter of Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry who was killed by an IRA bomb at Brighton's Grand Hotel.

Series 2 - Episode 4: Countdown to WW3

The New Victoria in Bradford was Britain's first cinema, with a 3,000-seat theatre, a decadent ballroom and state-of-the-art technology. It closed in 2000, but a new generation has reinvented the building.

Series 2 - Episode 3: Local Heroes

The officers of the London Road Fire Station stood guard over the people of Manchester for 80 years through war, civil unrest and serial killers.