Building the Channel Tunnel

Building the Channel Tunnel (2019)

  • Genre: Documentary, TV Movie
  • Release Date: 2019-06-12
  • Runtime: 0h 45min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Windfall Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Edward McGown


The Channel Tunnel linking Britain with France is one of the seven wonders of the modern world but what did it take to build the longest undersea tunnel ever constructed? We hear from the men and women, who built this engineering marvel. Massive tunnel boring machines gnawed their way through rock and chalk, digging not one tunnel but three; two rail tunnels and a service tunnel. This was a project that would be privately financed; not a penny of public money would be spent on the tunnel. Business would have to put up all the money and take all the risks. This was also a project that was blighted by flood, fire, tragic loss of life and financial bust ups. Today, it stands as an engineering triumph and a testament to what can be achieved when two nations, Britain and France put aside their historic differences and work together.

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  • Julian Barratt

    as Narrator (voice)
  • Colin Saxby

    as Himself
  • Graham Anderson

    as Himself
  • Kevin Milne

    as Himself
  • Christian Wolmar

    as Himself
  • James Sherwood

    as Himself
  • Tim Dunn

    as Himself
  • Philippe Vandebrouck

    as Himself
  • Graham Fagg

    as Himself
  • John Gallagher

    as Himself
  • Sarah Chapman

    as Herself
  • Ed Bartholomew

    as Himself
  • Mark Hudson

    as Himself
  • Helen Nattrass

    as Herself
  • Alan Cottiss

    as Himself
  • John Wildgoose

    as Himself
  • Paul Holt

    as Himself
  • John Prescott

    as Himself
  • Richard Storer

    as Himself
  • Philippe Cozette

    as Himself
Crew Sophie-Alice Davies Mix Technician
Editing Tom Keegan Editor
Directing Edward McGown Director
Production Edward McGown Producer
Editing Luke Dabbs Online Editor
Editing Luke Dabbs Colorist
Production Birte Pedersen Head of Production
Production Deborah Weavers Production Executive
Production Elizabeth Richards Production Accountant
Production Rosella Canadé Production Manager
Production Lindsey Priestley Production Coordinator
Production James Allnutt Producer's Assistant
Production Fred Hepburn Executive Producer
Production Carlo Massarella Executive Producer