Tony Robinson walks along the beautiful North Norfolk coast and through one of the least developed spots in the country.
This rural, remote area may now be cherished as the homeland of Alan Partridge, but Tony is determined to get back to the Victorian age. How did North Norfolk remain so blissfully unaffected by that time of dynamic change when industry and railways transformed lives and landscapes across Great Britain?
From the arrival of Bertie, Prince of Wales at Sandringham House, to the opening of Cromer pier, Tony's four-day walk is a journey through 40 years of Victorian Norfolk.
Late-19th-century Norfolk was a place of entrepreneurs, trend-setters, commerce and those all-important railways. It had the money, the power and even the fashionable royal status it needed to transform itself for the modern world. But it didn't transform itself.
Tony explores prime shooting estates, purpose-built seaside resorts, salt-marshes, disused railway lines and vast barley-growing estates. He discovers how the all-powerful landowners could control development and even shape the railways to suit their needs.
And from the gentlemen hunters who discovered conservation to the fashionistas who briefly made Cromer the place to be seen, he discovers how social attitudes and change have helped keep North Norfolk just how we like it.Watch now on 4oD
|Saturday 22 February 2014||Channel 4|
|Saturday 22 February 2014||8PM||Channel 4|