Behind The Superficial

Series about hidden places that are taken for granted.

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0101Mined Over Dark Matter20030312

Mark Stephen goes down the deepest mine in Europe, only to discover that the site is also a laboratory housing a group of scientists.

0101Mined Over Dark Matter20030312

Mark Stephen goes down the deepest mine in Europe, only to discover that the site is also a laboratory housing a group of scientists.

0102Searching For The Dudley Bug20030319

Mark Stephen discovers that a popular urban park is also a derelict limestone quarry, crammed with fossils dating back as much as 400 million years.

0102Searching For The Dudley Bug20030319

Mark Stephen discovers that a popular urban park is also a derelict limestone quarry, crammed with fossils dating back as much as 400 million years.

0103The Sleeping Lion20030326

Mark Stephen climbs the rocky hill overlooking Edinburgh.

Following in the footsteps of James Hutton, the father of modern geology, he discovers a rich story.

0103The Sleeping Lion20030326

Mark Stephen climbs the rocky hill overlooking Edinburgh.

Following in the footsteps of James Hutton, the father of modern geology, he discovers a rich story.

0201Ben Nevis20040825

Mark Stephen climbs Ben Nevis to find the remains of a Victorian mountain weather observatory.

He discovers that pioneering meteorological research was carried out continuously for 20 years at the summit of our highest mountain.

0201Ben Nevis20040825

Mark Stephen climbs Ben Nevis to find the remains of a Victorian mountain weather observatory.

He discovers that pioneering meteorological research was carried out continuously for 20 years at the summit of our highest mountain.

0201Sudbrook Pumping Station20051005

Mark Stephen visits Sudbrook Pumping Station to reveal one of the most heroic engineering stories ever.

The building of the Severn railway tunnel took 13 years.

It employed 3,500 men in its busiest seasons and is lined with 76,000,000 bricks.

Even now 60 million litres of water are pumped out daily to prevent the tunnel flooding.

0201Sudbrook Pumping Station20051005

Mark Stephen visits Sudbrook Pumping Station to reveal one of the most heroic engineering stories ever.

The building of the Severn railway tunnel took 13 years.

It employed 3,500 men in its busiest seasons and is lined with 76,000,000 bricks.

Even now 60 million litres of water are pumped out daily to prevent the tunnel flooding.

020220051012

As the sun rises over Stonehenge, Mark Stephen discovers the latest thinking about how the stones were shaped and transported to the site and who was behind the creation of one of the worlds most mysterious monuments.

020220051012

As the sun rises over Stonehenge, Mark Stephen discovers the latest thinking about how the stones were shaped and transported to the site and who was behind the creation of one of the worlds most mysterious monuments.

0202Forth Road Bridge20040901

This week the Forth Road Bridge celebrates its fortieth birthday.

Mark Stephen explores the bridge with the engineers responsible for its maintenance to discover just how much looking after is needed to keep the bridge in good shape for the demands of the future.

0202Forth Road Bridge20040901

This week the Forth Road Bridge celebrates its fortieth birthday.

Mark Stephen explores the bridge with the engineers responsible for its maintenance to discover just how much looking after is needed to keep the bridge in good shape for the demands of the future.

0203 LAST20051019

The popular hill-walk up the "fairy mountain of the Caledonians" reveals that Schiehallion is a place where science history was made when the Astronomer Royal, Neville Maskelyne, used the mountain to measure the Earth's mass.

Mark Stephen scales the mountain and discovers that a by-product of the two-year experiment are contour lines that underpin modern mapmaking.

0203 LAST20051019

The popular hill-walk up the "fairy mountain of the Caledonians" reveals that Schiehallion is a place where science history was made when the Astronomer Royal, Neville Maskelyne, used the mountain to measure the Earth's mass.

Mark Stephen scales the mountain and discovers that a by-product of the two-year experiment are contour lines that underpin modern mapmaking.

0203 LASTCheddar Gorge20040908

Mark Stephen goes underground to discover the science behind the tourist experience in the caves of Cheddar Gorge.

He reveals a story of undiscovered caverns and archaeological treasures and meets the descendant of the oldest complete skeleton ever found in the United Kingdom.

0203 LASTCheddar Gorge20040908

Mark Stephen goes underground to discover the science behind the tourist experience in the caves of Cheddar Gorge.

He reveals a story of undiscovered caverns and archaeological treasures and meets the descendant of the oldest complete skeleton ever found in the United Kingdom.