Britain's Best Buildings

Britain's Best Buildings

Britain's Best Buildings
Genre Documentary
Presented by Dan Cruickshank
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 9
Producer(s) Martin Mortimore
Naomi Austin
Tanya Batchelor
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor BBC
Original channel BBC Two
Original release 1 October 2002
External links

Britain's Best Buildings is a BBC documentary series in which the TV presenter and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank discusses his selection of the finest examples of British architecture. It was first broadcast on BBC Two in October 2002.

Episode list

Series one

  1. Tower Bridge
  2. Blenheim Palace
  3. Durham Cathedral
  4. Windsor Castle

Series two

  1. Harlech Castle 3 May 2006
  2. Palace of Westminster 10 May 2006
  3. Hardwick Hall 17 May 2006
  4. The Circus 18 May 2006
  5. Forth Bridge

Edited editions of the Palace of Westminster edition (ranging from 5–15 minutes) are often shown on the BBC Parliament channel, when live coverage of the House of Commons, House of Lords, committees etc. ends early, before the beginning of the next programme. These edited editions are used to fill the gaps.

The UKTV channel Yesterday frequently repeats the series. However the episodes are shown in an edited 46 minute format to allow for commercials.

Companion book

The 2002 companion book to the series, also written by Cruickshank, covers the four buildings featured in the first series along with four additional buildings; these are Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh; Cardiff Castle; Midland Grand Hotel, St. Pancras Station, London; and Highpoint I, London.

Selected editions

External links

  • Britain's Best Buildings BBC press release
  • Choosing Britain's Best Buildings by Dan Cruickshank at BBC History
  • Building Styles Gallery at BBC History
  • Britain's Best Buildings at the Internet Movie Database