The presenter spends a year working with the team of engineers who have been commissioned to rebuild the most famous steam engine in the world. Starting in February, Robson is given the task of cutting off the front end of the Scotsman and welding on a whole piece, and sets out to Durham, where he discovers how the invention of the steam engine helped to change the world. After a year in the workshop, the iconic train is ready for its first test run, and Robson realises a lifelong dream and gets to ride on the footplate as it sets off.
Robson Green explores the region known as “Britain’s best-kept secret”. This series reveals why the county of his birth still remains for him a magical and mysterious ancient kingdom.
Robson Green has fished the world, learning from some of the planet’s greatest fishermen along the way. Now it’s time for him to put his skills to the ultimate test. Doing battle with more than just fish, it’s Robson vs. The Americas in Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge.
Alan Curtis continues his exemplary series of Handel operas for Archiv with Ezio, a 1732 work that has received few modern productions. Its initial limited success and failure to generate much interest until the late twentieth century may have to do with its length (over three hours), its preponderance of recitatives, and the composer's reluctance to use the voices together in ensembles, so that the entire opera, until the final chorus, consists of solo singing. Handel's gift for astute psychological insight and distinctive musical characterization is evident throughout the score, and the recitatives, which are necessary for explicating Metastasio's convoluted plot, are not a problem when they are performed with as much vivid dramatic realism as they are here.