Britain's First Photo Album

Broadcaster John Sergeant follows in the footsteps of Victorian pioneer photographer Francis Frith who, in the 1860s embarked upon a monumental mission to attempt to document every city, town and village in Britain. John travels the country to discover more about this extraordinary man and his team and the unique record they left behind. John finds out what has changed, what has stayed the same and what has gone forever, and along the way he takes his own photographs inspired by the image taken by a Frith cameraman.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC Two (2012 - 2012)
Schedule: Daily at 18:30 (30 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: History
Episodes ordered: 10 episodes

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Previous Episode

Chesterfield to Eyam

Episode 1x10; Mar 22, 2012

This time John travels to Derbyshire and to Frith's home town of Chesterfield, where he ascends the famous twisted spire, visits a medieval country house outside Bakewell that became a time capsule for nearly 200 years, and finally heads off to Notti

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x10: Chesterfield to EyamMar 22, 2012
1x09: Hartlepool to WhitbyMar 22, 2012
1x08: Stirling to FalkirkMar 21, 2012
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