The Great Western Adventure

Shorts stories inspired by a place created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

Episodes

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01London Terminal20150607 (BBC7)
20150608 (BBC7)

By Richard Francis. Colin's hypochondria colours how he reacts to a fellow passenger.

By Richard Francis. Colin's hypochondria colours how he reacts to a fellow passenger whilst waiting at Paddington station. Read by Rupert Wickham.

03God's Wonderful Railway20060405 (BBC7)
20150614 (BBC7)
20150615 (BBC7)

The journey through Brunel's Box Tunnel can be unsettling one.

Short stories inspired by structures created by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, made to celebrate his bicentenary in 2006.

God's Wonderful Railway, by Hattie Naylor.

If you have the sort of face that encourages people to talk to you - even ghosts - then the train journey through Brunel's Box tunnel can be an unsettling place. Read by Sheila Hannon.

05Coursework20060407 (BBC7)
20150621 (BBC7)
20150622 (BBC7)

Zoe left college in a hurry and is going back home. The train stops on the Tamar Bridge.

By Steve May. Zoe left college in a hurry and is going back home. The train stops on the Tamar Bridge and makes her feel unsteady. Read by Lisa Coleman.

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Great Western Adventure

Short stories inspired by places created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

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Exit, Stage Left

By Helen Dunmore, read by Renu Brindle.

The Camera Obscura in Bristol gives you an amazing view of the city, and especially of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by Brunel.

Zsa Zsa's friend Manjit has a summer job there, and invites her in after hours.

The view of the bridge is extraordinarily clear in the moonlight.

But they see something Zsa Zsa has to try to forget.

ARCoursework20060407

By Steve May, read by Lisa Coleman.

Zoe has left college in a hurry to get back home, over the Tamar bridge.

The train stops on the bridge and makes her feel unsteady - it's too high, and there's nothing to catch you, should you fall.

AR01London Terminal20060403

Shorts stories inspired by a place created by the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in celebration of his bicentenary.

By Richard Francis, read by Rupert Wickham.

Colin is waiting for his train at Paddington Station.

A hypochondriac fixated by his body and its imagined ills, his obsession colours the way he reacts to a fellow passenger.

AR02Mr Brunel's Sounding Arch20060404

Written and read by Mavis Cheek.

Agnes and Bernard have been married for 40 years.

In celebration, Bernard has arranged a special trip - a boat trip under Brunel's Bridge at Maidenhead.

It should be romantic, but Agnes has her doubts.

AR3God's Wonderful Railway20060405

By Hattie Naylor, read by Sheila Hannon.

If you've got the sort of face that encourages people to talk to you - even complete strangers, or ghosts - then the train journey through Brunel's Box tunnel can be an unsettling place - a place filled with the stories of the men who built it.