Seven Ages of Britain 2010

David Dimbleby with a giant book © BBC

David Dimbleby with a giant book © BBC

David Dimbleby returns to the BBC with a new series

Production Companies: The Open University, BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Canterbury

Presented and written by television veteran David Dimbleby, Seven Ages of Britain will look at some of our historical artefacts and how they have shaped Britain through history. David’s journey takes him beyond our shores to Germany, Turkey and India among others, to study relics that were either made in Britain or considered to represent an essence of ‘Britishness’. The show will allow viewers to catch a glimpse of some of our most valued national treasures.

David Dimbleby in the Panthenon in Rome © BBC
David Dimbleby in the Panthenon in Rome © BBC

This new series follows two previous successful series’ A Picture of Britain and How We Built Britain also presented by Dimbleby, which both saw a record number of viewers tuning into an Arts programme.

In its quest for some of Britain’s most precious artefacts, the programme visited the historical city of Canterbury. With its glorious Cathedral dating back to 597 AD, Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of pilgrims and tourists every year. Whilst filming here the crew visited the Westgate Towers, which were originally part of the City walls and their neighbouring gardens.

The historic cathedral city Canterbury  boasts parks and open spaces, shopping areas, bars and restaurants and nearby is beautiful Kent countryside and coastal towns. The Canterbury  area has previously featured on screen in projects such as Take Me Out – Series 8 (2016) Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

The series begins on Sunday the 31st January at 9pm on BBC One.


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