Time Team

Season 18 Episode 0

TT Special 52 Isle of Dogs, London

Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Nov 10, 2011 on Channel 4
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TT Special 52 Isle of Dogs, London
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Brunel's last launch.

Nowadays, London's East End is synonymous with the 2012 Olympic Games. Cutting-edge engineering and design have transformed the Olympic Park. But 150 years ago, the world was watching for a very different reason, although the spectacle on display was as high-tech as anything on offer today.

The East End was once home to the most advanced shipbuilding industry - and best workers and shipyards - in the world.

A century and a half ago, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain's most famous engineer, was about to launch a ship five times bigger than any that had ever been built before, the most revolutionary vessel the world had ever seen: the SS Great Eastern.

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