Don't Look Down (TV series)

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Don't Look Down
Developed by Talkback Productions
Starring Kevin McCloud
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Peter Fincham
Nicola Moody
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor FremantleMedia
Original network BBC 2
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 18 May (2000-05-18) – 22 June 2000 (2000-06-22)
Followed by Grand Designs

Don't Look Down is a BBC 2 documentary television series written and presented by Kevin McCloud[1] which ran for six episodes beginning in May 2000.[2]

Each episode is a documentary about the history of famous tall buildings in the United Kingdom, including the Forth Bridge, Salisbury Cathedral, the Lloyd's building, Trellick Tower, the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory and Liverpool Cathedral. McCloud looks at the buildings' construction, architecture and history, but with the twist that part of the episode featured McCloud climbing the outside of the building as a way to conquer his fear of heights.[3] McCloud filmed the series around his fortieth birthday, claiming that it was an excellent way to remain fit.[4]

The series was aired again on the Discovery Channel in the UK during 2009 where it was retitled Kevin McCloud's UK Superstructures[5]


  1. ^ Kevin McCloud profile at the Channel 4 website, URL accessed 17 May 2008
  2. ^ Don't Look Down at the British Film Institute, URL accessed 17 May 2008
  3. ^ Don't Look Down, episode 1 (broadcast 18 May 2000). Talkback television.
  4. ^ Don't Look Down, episode 5. Talkback television
  5. ^ [1] Discovery Channel UK — Kevin McCloud's UK Superstructures