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This review is from: Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World [DVD] (DVD)
Every once in a while, the BBC can actually justify the License Fee, and SWofIW is one of those shows.
The main reason this series works so well is that not only are the events fascinating in themselves, but they are all also great stories in their own right, especially the Transcontinental Railroad episode, which covers two seperate stories of how it was built with plenty of details ranging from exploiting Chinese migrants to skirmishes with Native Americans who's land the line is being built across (and the subsequent crackdown on the tribes involved). The episodes based on the Great Eastern and London Sewers are also great pieces of television.
As well as the story themselves being interesting, the acting is a level above what you'd expect from drama-documentary, Ron Cook's portrayal of Brunel in the Great Eastern episode being a particular highlight.
Whilst the series might not appeal to everyone due to the historical content (or an hour devoted to cholera epidemics and sewers, built by the great-great-grandfather of the man who brought us Big Brother, which at the very least deserves points for the irony), it deserves to be seen.