Factual Series

Brick By Brick: Rebuilding Our Past

Every year thousands of ordinary buildings are demolished, smashed down to make way for the new, but some are so special they’re snatched from the bulldozers and carefully dismantled. When a new site can be found for them, they are lovingly and painstakingly rebuilt. These are not grand buildings, but everyday buildings that give an extraordinary insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked in them. Deep within their fabric are preserved astonishing stories about how we lived and worked.

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton explores how these vast and hugely complex jigsaw puzzles are pieced back together, trying his hand at the array of ancient crafts required. Meanwhile, architectural historian Dan Cruickshank investigates the building’s history, proving that even seemingly humble abodes have incredible stories to tell.

Broadcaster:BBC2
Distributor:Endemol Worldwide Distribution
Genre:Factual Series
Format:3 x 60 min
Executive Producer:Julian Ware
Produced by:Nicola Brown
Directed by:Caroline Ross Pine, Jamie Simpson