World's Greatest Bridges

January 2018

Season 1 Episode 4 - Brooklyn Bridge

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Engineer Rob Bell recounts the story of the Brooklyn Bridge in a classic New York tale featuring big money, corruption, ambition and tragedy. Over a mile in length, the bridge connects the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, spanning the East River. A feat of pioneering 19th-century technology, it took 14 years to build, but its construction was dogged by bad luck from the start; John Roebling, the man responsible for its pioneering design, died in an accident before the build even beg...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world's tallest and widest steel arched bridge, was completed in 1932, more than a century after its initial proposal. Connecting the northern suburbs with the city centre, its completion brought together a city divided not just by water but by cultural differences. As engineer Rob Bell reveals, John Bradfield was so determined to build the bridge that he dedicated more than 20 years of his life to its construction, travelling the world to employ the very best builder...