Climbing Great Buildings

July 2015

S1 Ep15 - Imperial War Museum North

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Imperial War Museum - The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, built from 2000 and designed by Daniel Libeskind, is an example of a new wave of architectural design that is both dramatic and disturbing, a building that plays with the senses and provokes wonder. In his final climb of the series, Dr Jonathan Foyle scales...

S1 Ep14 - Lloyd's Building

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Lloyd's Building - Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to the Lloyd's Building in the heart of the City of London. Built between 1978 and 1986, it is one of the finest examples of high-tech architecture in Britain and one of the great icons of London. Jonathan abseils over 90 metres to reveal how this ultra-modern buildi...

S1 Ep13 - Coventry Cathedral

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Coventry Cathedral - The next step of Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to Coventry Cathedral. Built in 1955 after the original cathedral was bombed in the war, this modernist masterpiece came to symbolise the hope and rebirth of a nation. Jonathan abseils 90 metres between the ruins of the old and new cathedrals to ex...

S1 Ep12 - Royal Liver Building

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Royal Liver Building - The next step of Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. Built from 1908, this behemoth in concrete was Britain's first skyscraper, and influenced buildings all over the world. On his climb, Jonathan scales over 75 metres to reveal how this granite building isn...

S1 Ep11 - Glasgow School Of Art

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Glasgow School of Art - The next step of Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to the Glasgow School of Art. Designed by artist Charles Rennie Macintosh around 1897, it's one of Britain's most controversial, challenging and celebrated buildings. With unprecedented access, Jonathan scales the school to reveal the myriad of inf...

S1 Ep10 - St Pancras Railway Station / Midland Hotel

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St Pancras - Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to King's Cross St Pancras, a masterpiece of Victorian design, widely regarded as London's most stunning and romantic station. With unprecedented access to St Pancras, Jonathan scales all over the building and up its clock tower to investigate the innovations and technique...

S1 Ep9 - Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Clifton Suspension Bridge - The next step of Jonathan's journey takes him to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Begun in 1835 by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel when he was only 24 years old, it is one of the greatest feats of Victorian engineering in the world. With unprecedented access to the bridge, Jo...

S1 Ep8 - Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace - Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to the epitome of the English stately home: Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Built in the early 1700s as a reward for the Duke of Marlborough's defeat of King Louis XIV of France, it's one of the finest examples of English Baroque buildings in the country. With unprece...

S1 Ep7 - St Paul's Cathedral

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St Paul's Cathedral - The next step on Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to St Paul's Cathedral in London. If one structure captures the spirit of London, this is it. Beautifully crafted and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it is simply stunning in its stature. With unprecedented access to secret parts of St Paul's, J...

S1 Ep6 - Burghley House

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Burghley House - The next step in Dr Jonathan Foyle's journey takes him to Burghley House in Lincolnshire. Built to impress Queen Elizabeth I on her many trips around the country, it's the finest example of an Elizabethan house in Britain. With unprecedented access to Burghley, Jonathan - aided by champion climber Lucy Cre...