My housemate tipped me off about this new series, I tuned in expected to see some Alain Robert esque film of Lucy Creamer soloing a few of the classic building of the UK. Sadly I was disappointed, as in reality the programme is little more than a architectural programme shot at height, and the only climbing was something more akin to industrial rope access.
That said the programme was enjoyable, more for the architectual history. As a firm fan of megastructures on discovery or Nat Geo, I enjoy a little edu-tainment. The first programme focused on Durham Cathedral. However for me I had already seen ancient megastructures earlier in the week, which had given a complete history to the development from the round arch to the pointed arch to over come problems of structural integrity. As such for me the programme covered little ‘new’ ground.
I also love the series ‘The Worlds Biggest Fixes’, and I am quite used to programmes featuring IRATA techniques. So whilst the programme was OK, for me it was walking in the wake of a few programmes that have covered the genre of both architecture and IRATA in far more impressive ways.
What I did find when trying to link to some info on the programme was Ian Burton’s website. He has been involved in On Sight and The Asgard Project. I encourage you to visit his site and look at his time lapse video. Totally stunning. You have probably seen much of this footage before on these films, but it’s still impressive!