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What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us is a BBC documentary series produced in conjunction with the Open Universitymarker that examines the impact of the Industrial Revolution on modern society. It was originally broadcast on BBC Two in autumn 2003.

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Episode one: Material World

Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the modern material world.



Episode two: Working Wonders

Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern working life.



Episode three: On the Move

Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern transportation.



Episode four: Modern Medicine

Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern medicine.



Episode five: War Machine

Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern warfare.



Episode six: City Living

Cruickshank travels around Britain to introduce the idea and inventions of the Industrial Revolution that created the features of modern city life.

  • Standardised house construction with integrated services were created by architects of the Westend housing boom like Thomas Cubitt.
  • High-pressure water from cast-iron pipes specified in the 1817 Metropolitan Paving Act led to the modern bathroom.
  • Consumer choice emerged through the flat fascias and plate glass windows of the arcades and parades of modern shop fronts.
  • Marketing emerged from the catalogues, hoardings and door-to-door salesmen of Josiah Wedgwood and Thomas Bentley.
  • The steam press of Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer allowed The Times to dramatically increase circulation.
  • Interior design emerged from the new brightly coloured dyes such as the chrome yellow of Louis Vauquelin.


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