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New TV series ‘Britain by Bike’ (updated)

Update on the  ‘Britain by Bike’ series being showing on BBC4. Clare Balding sets out on a two-wheel odyssey to re-discover Britain – from the saddle of a touring cycle.

The first four are still on the BBC iPlayer:-

North Devon
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 20 Jul 2010

Her first journey takes Clare to the rugged and beautiful Atlantic coast of north Devon – from Lynmouth, scene of Britain’s worst flood disaster in the early 1950s, to Ilfracombe via Little Switzerland, and a hidden silver mine whose riches probably helped England win the Battle of Agincourt.

URL: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/i/t4lqf/ (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

The Welsh Borders
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 27 Jul 2010

Clare’s journey into Wales is rich in literary connections to both Bruce Chatwin and AE Housman. She reveals how a cycle factory went to war and finds out about the Bride’s Tree – a bizarre village ceremony with a dark secret.

URL: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/i/t6yhb/ (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

The Isle of Wight
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 3 Aug 2010

Her journey to the Isle of Wight explores its unique sense of otherness – a strange power which could cure Dickens’s writer’s block, repel the deadly attentions of the Luftwaffe and give Victorian poet laureate Tennyson a comforting sense of his own death.

URL: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/i/t9r0n/ (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

West Yorkshire
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 10 Aug 2010

As she cycles through Bronte Country on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, Clare uncovers a unique photographic collection depicting the hidden daily life of a Yorkshire mill town, a string of truly remarkable women and a secret club for henpecked husbands.

URL: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/i/td4sg/ (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

Here is the information for the ones that are still to be showing on TV:-

The Cotswolds (Tuesday 17th August 2010)
Time: 08:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Clare explores why the Cotswolds countryside looks the way it does, examines how post-war social change opened the doors of private houses like Blenheim to a paying public and reveals how two men – both called William Morris – helped change the face of heritage tourism.

The Scottish Highlands (Tuesday 24th August 2010)
Time: 08:30 PM to 09:00 PM

In the Scottish Highlands, Clare charts how a series of incomers have changed our view of the area – a diverse group which includes Dr Johnson, an English army of occupation, a North American spruce tree and author Gavin Maxwell, plus otter.

New TV series ‘Britain by Bike’

Sorry about posting this late, only just found out it’s on. BBC Four are showing, A six part series to be shown on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm. Clare Balding sets out on a two-wheel odyssey to re-discover Britain – from the saddle of a touring cycle.

The first two are still on the BBC iPlayer:-

North Devon
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 20 Jul 2010

Her first journey takes Clare to the rugged and beautiful Atlantic coast of north Devon – from Lynmouth, scene of Britain’s worst flood disaster in the early 1950s, to Ilfracombe via Little Switzerland, and a hidden silver mine whose riches probably helped England win the Battle of Agincourt.

URL: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/i/t4lqf/ (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

The Welsh Borders
First broadcast BBC Four, 8:30pm Tue, 27 Jul 2010

Clare’s journey into Wales is rich in literary connections to both Bruce Chatwin and AE Housman. She reveals how a cycle factory went to war and finds out about the Bride’s Tree – a bizarre village ceremony with a dark secret.

URL: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/i/t6yhb/ (Available until 8:59pm Tue, 31 Aug 2010)

Here is the information for the ones that are still to be showing on TV:-

The Isle of Wight (Tuesday 3rd August 2010)
Time: 08:30 PM to 09:00 PM

Her journey to the Isle of Wight explores its unique sense of otherness – a strange power which could cure Dickens’s writer’s block, repel the deadly attentions of the Luftwaffe and give Victorian poet Tennyson a comforting sense of his own death.

West Yorkshire (Tuesday 10th August 2010)
Time: 08:30 PM to 09:00 PM

As she cycles through Bronte Country on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, Clare uncovers a unique photographic collection depicting the hidden daily life of a Yorkshire mill town, a string of remarkable women and a secret club for henpecked husbands.

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