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Saving Britain's Past

Saving Britain's Past
Screenshot of the DVD of Saving Britain’s Past.jpg
Region 2 DVD artwork
Genre Factual
Presented by Tom Dyckhoff
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Basil Comely
Producer(s) Mary Sackville-West
Running time 30 minutes
Original network
Original release 24 August (2009-08-24) – 12 October 2009 (2009-10-12)
External links

Saving Britain's Past is a British factual television series presented by Tom Dyckhoff that was first broadcast on BBC Two on 20 January 2009.



Rodney Harrison and Susie West (from the Open University were academic consultants to the show. Later they used the DVD of the show to create a module 'Understanding Global Heritage' as part of a Heritage Studies course for the University.[1]

Episode 1 included the City of Bath;[2] episode 2, Park Hill, Sheffield;[3] episode 3, Eastnor Castle;[4] and episode 4, Covent Garden.[5]


"Tom Dyckhoff has a rather dry style, which didn't exactly make the most of the subject matter. Though there were some intriguing snippets of information, this wasn't really the most accessible format for the general viewer". Was one review of the show.[6]

"Dyckhoff emphasises the "battles" with breathless superlatives. Instead, some major issues of conservation are intelligently aired: the conflict between heritage and environmentalism in retaining traditional rural land management; or that conservation of the physical doesn’t necessarily include the community".[7]

Episode listEdit

# Title Original air date UK viewers
1"The City"24 August 2009 (2009-08-24)1.57
2"Streets in the Sky"31 August 2009 (2009-08-31)TBA
3"The Country House"7 September 2009 (2009-09-07)TBA
4"The Market"14 September 2009 (2009-09-14)TBA
5"The Pit"21 September 2009 (2009-09-21)TBA
6"The Crofters"28 September 2009 (2009-09-28)TBA
7"The Street"12 October 2009 (2009-10-12)TBA

Later released as a DVD running 420 mins.[9]


  1. ^ "Heritage Studies: Saving Britain's Past". (Open University). Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Musgrove, Dave (24 August 2009). "Saving Britain's Past". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Review: Saving Britain's Past, BBC2". 10 September 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Saving Britain's Past: The Country House". 11 September 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Heathcote, Chris (16 September 2009). "Saving Britain's Past". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Saving Britain's Past BBC2 Caribbean Food Made Easy BBC2". (The Scotsman). 24 August 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Turner, Matthew (18 September 2009). "BBC2 series showcases the battles over Britain's places". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "BARB Top 30s". 
  9. ^ "Saving Britains Past DVD". 12 October 2009. ASIN B002BWRYP4. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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