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Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green

  • Episode: 

    8 of 8

  • Transmission: 

    Mon 23 Dec 2013
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 52 2013 : Sat 21 Dec - Fri 27 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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In the last episode of the series, Robson heads to southwest Northumberland to visit three landmarks that have played a key role in Northumbrian and British history.  
 
Today’s journey begins at Hadrian’s Wall, which is in the list of World Heritage sites that also includes the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon. 
 
Almost 2,000 years ago, the Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a wall to protect the most northern part of the empire from invading Scottish tribes. 
 
The wall stretched 73 miles and in its day stood 15 feet tall and up to 10 feet deep.
This was the most guarded border in the Roman Empire and has left Northumberland with more Roman remains than any other part of Britain. In today’s money, it’s thought the wall would cost £400 million to build. 
 
It’s here that Robson meets local guide Gary Reed. Robson camps overnight by the wall and learns how the Romans completely transformed British culture.  
 
The next stop on Robson’s journey is Kielder Water, the biggest man-made reservoir in Northern Europe. The area is home to 250 square miles of forest and was recently voted the most tranquil spot in England.
 
Built in the 1970s to safeguard the northeast water supply for the next hundred years, the construction of Kielder water was ambitious and expensive.
 
Robson meets Jonty Hall, who - as a nine-year-old boy - pressed the button that flooded the valley to create this enormous reservoir.  
 
The final stop of Robson’s Northumberland adventure is his hometown of Hexham where he learns about the turbulent past of Hexham Abbey and discovers the secrets of its Anglo-Saxon crypts.
 
 
Series overview:
 
Actor Robson Green returns to his home turf for a new factual series, which sees him lead viewers through a unique and often overlooked part of Britain that remains close to his heart.
 
In Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, Robson reveals why the county of his birth, to which he has recently returned to live, still remains for him a magical and mysterious ancient kingdom. 
 
Over eight episodes, Robson travels the length and breadth of this magical landscape by land, sea and air to see things he’s never seen before and discover a side of Northumberland that he never knew.
 
He immerses himself in many of the unique experiences the area has to offer, spending the night in one of the most remote spots in Britain, stargazing into the darkest skies in England and exploring the rich and deep history of a county which has its own flag, tartan and dialect. Not forgetting its iconic locations such as Holy Island and Hadrian’s Wall, which are key to the nation’s ancestral roots. 
 
Stretching from just north of Newcastle up to the Scottish border, Northumberland boasts more castles than any other county as well as vast expanses of unspoilt, rugged countryside, allowing Robson to encounter all walks of county life from a lord and lady to a shepherdess. 
 
As he reconnects with his homeland, Robson also sees it like never before and whether faced with sleeping in a lighthouse, or being attacked by birds in the wilderness, it’s not an experience he will be forgetting any time soon.