One of my favourite documentaries, originally shown on Channel 4 it tells the extraudonary story of both Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson, two of the greatest Britians that ever lived. Running Time is a good 138 mins
There are just are not people like this around anymore, stubborn, selfish, single minded but brilliant (mind you this is what my wife says about me, well except the brilliant bit).
The back reads:
"The 19th Century brought men who went out into the landscape and shaped it to their own design using iron, steam and fire. These are the men who were to mould the modern world.
In just a few short decades, two remarkable men literally changed the world forever. In the world of engineering, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson were the fiercest of rivals, but in private they were the greatest of friends. Brunel, son of one of the most respected engineers, liked to build things that his rivals considered impossible. Stephenson, the son of a rough and ready self-made man, was more conservative and cautious. But both were supremely dedicated to their craft - and both would work themselves to death building the supreme technical achievements of their age.
Using unique computer-generated reconstructions, original journal entries and commentary from engineers and historians, MEN OF IRON tell the fascinating stories of Brunel and Stephenson and their greatest achievements.
From Stephenson's Rocket, railways and the Menai Box Girder Bridge to Brunels's Great Western Railway, Tamar Bridge and Line of revolutionary steamships, this is the story of the most breathtaking technological feats of the industrial Age."