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Ronald Top covers a range of subjects, from early in the industrial revolution, such as canal building in Sweden, and linen making in Belgium, to the next wave of industrialization, with the development of the internal combustion engine, flying and new building practices such as reinforced concrete.
|S01E01||Steaming Up the Alps||00/00/0000||Ronald Top discovers how technology opened up the Alps to Europe’s first tourists. He goes on board the early paddle steamers that took them across the lakes, the ingenious funiculars that carried them up the lower slopes and the cog and rack railways that transported them up to the mountain peaks.|
|S01E02||Bread, Beer and Salt||00/00/0000||How did the production of food become industrialized in order to keep up with an ever expanding urban population? Ronald Top investigates. Industrialization leads to more mouths to feed and fewer people to work the land, causing food-production complications.|
|S01E03||Exploding Engines||00/00/0000||Examining historical attempts to build motor cars, and revealing the stories behind several plans to construct steam-powered road vehicles, he also investigates one of the world’s first oil fields in Poland.|
|S01E04||The City||00/00/0000||Top visits Berlin and Prague and explores how cities coped with rapid population growth once society entered the railway age. His journey also takes him into the subterranean world of sewers hidden beneath the city.|
|S01E05||High Fliers||00/00/0000||Ronald Top finds out how paper, fire, a cockerel, a duck and a sheep helped man learn how to fly. He travels in a zeppelin, a hot air ballon, and the worlds largest single-engine biplane|
|S01E06||Eiffel's Tower||00/00/0000||Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower in Paris was the tallest building in the world. Since then it’s had 200 million visitors, Ronald Top reveals the link between the Towers construction and the making of the humble cooking pot in England.|
|S01E07||Building Europe||00/00/0000||Exploring how the construction industry kept up with an explosion in demand for building materials during the Industrial Revolution|
|S01E08||Cotton, Linen and Rope||00/00/0000||Ronald Top discovers what happened when machines took over from manual labour in the creation of clothes, and what the effects were on rope making.|
|S01E09||Swedish Waterways||00/00/0000||Ronald Top explores Sweden's canal network, discovering how a system designed and built in the 17th century is still proving viable today , he also tries his hand at a spot of shipbuilding|
|S01E10||Perfect Porcelain||00/00/0000||Top goes in search of how many Europeans learned the ancient Chinese secret of porcelain manufacture. His journey takes him from the mysterious “Cornish Alps” to his native Holland, were he makes some unusual pancakes.|