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Season 16 Episode 5

Risehill, North Yorkshire

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Feb 01, 2009 on Channel 4
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Risehill, North Yorkshire
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Blood, Sweat & Beers Tony Robinson and the team head to the Yorkshire Dales for an archaeological first as they investigate a settlement built by railway navvies, arguably the toughest and most lawless breed of the Victorian era. The team uncover the houses and workshops of the Risehill camp, built during the construction of the Settle to Carlisle railway, and discover the story of a resilient community who survived the harsh environment and poor working conditions to produce a monument that is still in use today.moreless

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    Jon Tanner

    Jon Tanner

    Geophysicist

    Guest Star

    Naomi Sewpaul

    Naomi Sewpaul

    Field Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Bill Bevan

    Bill Bevan

    Industrial Archaeologist

    Guest Star

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Neil Emmanuel

    Neil Emmanuel

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

    Henry Chapman

    Henry Chapman

    Archaeological Surveyor

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: Welcome to the top of the world, or if the weather takes a turn for the worst, Hell on Earth. Amongst this Yorkshire bog and scrubland lie the remains of a settlement built by a tough nomadic community that lived on the very edge of society. Using the most basic of tools they transformed the face of the British landscape forever. And 170 foot below me lies one of their most impressive monuments. Because this is the last of the great railway lines to be built by the Navvies, and this is the Rise Hill tunnel driven through solid rock by the sheer brute force of hard manual labour. We've come here to dig where that itinerant army lived, worked and often died. Underneath this grass hopefully will lye clues to the story of the people who physically built modern Britain.

      • Phil: The point of it is we simply don't know what this site is going to look like once we start getting the turf off.
        John: Well get on with it then
        Phil: I will then!

      • Tony: You're going to eat what a navvy ate every day. Breakfast, six slices of bacon, 2 pints of beer, a can of condensed milk,
        Matt: Hmm, yum
        Tony: Tea, loaf of bread. Early Elevenses pint of beer, late elevenses, pint of beer and bread and butter. Lunch a steak, loaf of bread, two pints of beer and tea, late lunch, pint of beer, a snack, bread and butter and guess what, a pint of beer. Dinner another steak, boiled potatoes, loaf of bread, two pints of beer and tea.
        Matt: Nice cup of tea at the end of it.

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