Climbing Great Buildings

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Climbing Great Buildings
Presented byJonathan Foyle
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Emma Read
Producer(s)Adam Barry
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)ITN Productions
Original networkBBC Two, BBC HD
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 September (2010-09-06) –
28 September 2010 (2010-09-28)

Climbing Great Buildings is a British television series made for the BBC by ITN Productions. The series, first broadcast on BBC Two from 6 to 28 September 2010, consists of fifteen half-hour programmes each featuring one famous British structure from the last 1000 years.

The presentation team use rock climbing techniques to access internal and external parts of each building to illustrate construction techniques and materials and other details not usually visible. The team consists of the architect Dr Jonathan Foyle, the climber Lucy Creamer and camera operator Ian Burton, assisted by a rigging team. Foyle is known for his television presentations of architectural history, which subject he also teaches for Cambridge University's International Division.[1] Creamer provides expert advice and encouragement to Foyle, as well as being a sounding-board for his on-site explanations.


Date first broadcast Building[2] Period or century
6 September 2010 Durham Cathedral* Norman
7 September 2010 Lincoln Cathedral 12th-14th
8 September 2010 Caernarfon Castle* 13th
9 September 2010 New College, Oxford
10 September 2010 Layer Marney Tower 16th
13 September 2010 Burghley House 16th
14 September 2010 St Paul's Cathedral 17th
15 September 2010 Blenheim Palace* 18th
20 September 2010 Clifton Suspension Bridge 19th
21 September 2010 St Pancras railway station, including the Midland Hotel 19th
22 September 2010 Glasgow School of Art 19th
23 September 2010 Royal Liver Building* early 20th
24 September 2010 Coventry Cathedral mid 20th
27 September 2010 Lloyd's Building late 20th
28 September 2010 Imperial War Museum North 21st
*World Heritage Site

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profiles". The Online House Detective. House Detective. 2003–2006. Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Climbing Great Buildings - Episodes". BBC. Retrieved 26 September 2010.

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