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Must see TV: Climbing Great Buildings

Over the next two weeks architectural historian Jonathan Foyle is taking an unusual look at some of the UK’s finest landmarks in the BBC2 series Climbing Great Buildings

Currently being aired every day at 6.30pm, the programme features Foyle abseiling up and down buldings such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Richard Rogers’ Lloyds building, New College, Oxford,George Gilbert Scott’s St Pancras station in London and Caernarfon Castle.

A spokesman for programme makers ITN Productions said: ‘We had unprecedented access to the finest buildings in the UK.

‘Remarkably, each one agreed to our plans even though we were attempting climbing on very fragile structures. The riggers had their work cut out ensuring that we didn’t damage irreplaceable 500-year-old terracotta on a Tudor tower or knock bits off gothic sculptures 240ft up Lincoln Cathedral’s central tower.

He added: ‘The challenge for each programme was to climb to places and positions unreachable by any other means. From a postman’s walk 100ft above the nave of Durham Cathedral to inspect the ribbed vault, to a zip line from the top of the Lloyds building 300ft above the city, the climbs never failed to excite and reveal the hidden glories of the buildings.’

The scaling of the Lloyds building will be shown on Thursday 23 September.

To watch BBC iplayer and find out which buildings are been shown when click here.


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