A Revolution In Five Acts

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201A01Speed: The Railway Act Of 184420010122

Ian Hislop explores five key pieces of legislation that transformed Victorian society.

In the first programme, he investigates the act that set out to turn the train into an agent of moral good.

201A02Power: The Repeal Of The Corn Laws 184620010123

Ian Hislop explores another piece of legislation that helped to transform Victorian society.

He investigates the act that established Manchester as a force in the nation, shattered the Conservative Party and had precious little effect on the price of corn - the 1846 repeal of the Corn Laws.

201A0320010124

Ian Hislop explores another piece of legislation that helped to redefine the relationship between the governors and the governed in Victorian society.

He examines how sex, medicine and the rise of feminism were all part of the turbulent years between the passing and repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act.

201A04Democracy: The Reform Act Of 186720010125

Ian Hislop explores another piece of legislation that helped to redefine the relationship between the governors and the governed in Victorian society.

He examines the act which extended the franchise beyond the wildest dreams of all but the most hardened Victorian radicals - the Reform Act of 1867.

201A0520010126

Ian Hislop explores another piece of legislation that helped to redefine the relationship between the governors and the governed in Victorian society.

He turns his attention to work and the legislation that put an end to the use of one of the most powerful symbols of Victorian inhumanity, the child chimney sweeps.