The Bridge

Long before 'The Angel of the North' strutted ostentatiously over the A1, the North East already had a towering image that embodied the history, pride and ambition of the region: The Transporter Bridge on Teesside.

Its reputation is such that when TV show Auf Wiedersehen Pet ran a story-line that the bridge was being sold to America, there was an outcry.

Now, as the bridge marks its centenary, its role is increasingly uncertain.

Passenger numbers have plummeted while maintenance costs have increased.

The bridge is now council owned, so how can it survive the public sector savings? Presenter Nigel Thompson finds out what this bridge means today, to those who love it and those who maintain it.

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20111014

Long before 'The Angel of the North' strutted ostentatiously over the A1, the North East already had a towering image that embodied the history, pride and ambition of the region: The Transporter Bridge on Teesside.

Its reputation is such that when TV show Auf Wiedersehen Pet ran a story-line that the bridge was being sold to America, there was an outcry.

Now, as the bridge marks its centenary, its role is increasingly uncertain.

Passenger numbers have plummeted while maintenance costs have increased.

The bridge is now council owned, so how can it survive the public sector savings? Presenter Nigel Thompson finds out what this bridge means today, to those who love it and those who maintain it.

20111014

Long before 'The Angel of the North' strutted ostentatiously over the A1, the North East already had a towering image that embodied the history, pride and ambition of the region: The Transporter Bridge on Teesside.

Its reputation is such that when TV show Auf Wiedersehen Pet ran a story-line that the bridge was being sold to America, there was an outcry.

Now, as the bridge marks its centenary, its role is increasingly uncertain.

Passenger numbers have plummeted while maintenance costs have increased.

The bridge is now council owned, so how can it survive the public sector savings? Presenter Nigel Thompson finds out what this bridge means today, to those who love it and those who maintain it.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880118]

by JOHN HALL with

Col Sam Mellors disputes the right of the Crowe Sand and Gravel Co to drive lorries over his beloved medieval bridge, and this leads him to refight old battles, relive old glories - Directed by BRIAN MILLER BBCBristol. Stereo

(Re-broadcast next Saturday)

0 HEAR THIS! page 14

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880118]

by JOHN HALL with

Col Sam Mellors disputes the right of the Crowe Sand and Gravel Co to drive lorries over his beloved medieval bridge, and this leads him to refight old battles, relive old glories - Directed by BRIAN MILLER BBCBristol. Stereo

(Re-broadcast next Saturday)

0 HEAR THIS! page 14

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880118]

Unknown: John Hall

Unknown: Col Sam Mellors

Directed By: Brian Miller

Sam Mellors: Harry Andrews

Narrator/Adjutant/Hywell: Laurence Payne

Ros/Dorrie: Vivian Pickles

Greg/Sergeant/Driver: Anthony Jackson

Bernard/Foley: John Baddeley

Harry/Archer-Bloom: Alan Dudley

Roddie/Jose: Peter Craze

Rick/Phipps: Paul Sirr

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880118]

Unknown: John Hall

Unknown: Col Sam Mellors

Directed By: Brian Miller

Sam Mellors: Harry Andrews

Narrator/Adjutant/Hywell: Laurence Payne

Ros/Dorrie: Vivian Pickles

Greg/Sergeant/Driver: Anthony Jackson

Bernard/Foley: John Baddeley

Harry/Archer-Bloom: Alan Dudley

Roddie/Jose: Peter Craze

Rick/Phipps: Paul Sirr

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880123]

by JOHN HALL with Colonel Sam Mellors disputes the right of the Crowe Sand and Gravel Co to drive lorries over his beloved medieval bridge, and this leads him to refight old battles, relive old glories.... Directed by BRIAN MILLER BBC BristoL Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880123]

by JOHN HALL with Colonel Sam Mellors disputes the right of the Crowe Sand and Gravel Co to drive lorries over his beloved medieval bridge, and this leads him to refight old battles, relive old glories.... Directed by BRIAN MILLER BBC BristoL Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880123]

Unknown: John Hall

Directed By: Brian Miller

Sam Mellors: Harry Andrews

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880123]

Unknown: John Hall

Directed By: Brian Miller

Sam Mellors: Harry Andrews

SNT19700530

By: John Leslie

Starring: Alan Wheatley/Monica Grey/Andrew Sachs

SNT19700530

By: John Leslie

Starring: Alan Wheatley/Monica Grey/Andrew Sachs