Local Heroes: special double DVD

including VAT and UK postage

At last we are able to make available some of the best of Local Heroes on a double DVD.  With a total of  8 x half hour episodes, made by Screenhouse Productions, these DVDs feature some of the very best of Adam Hart-Davis’s classic series about science and invention. This double DVD has four episodes from the UK, two from abroad (Netherlands and Egypt) and two ‘specials’. You’ll see Adam doing the best of his experiments and demonstrations, including the legendary fax machine, steam engines, a tunnel, the vacuum cleaner, and many more.  See below for a full list of content.

Please contact us by emailing Barbara Govan  barbara.govan@screenhouse.co.uk - we will send you an online invoice that you can pay by PayPal, credit or debit card. Or send a cheque to Screenhouse Productions to
9, The Drive, Leeds, LS8 1JF


Devon and Cornwall – series 3

Thomas Newcomen (1663 - 1729)  Steam engine pioneer

Henry Trengrouse (1772 - 1854) Life-saving rocket and Breeches Buoy

William Murdock (1754 - 1839) Locomotive pioneer

Goldsworthy Gurney (1793 - 1875) Brightest light in the world

Henry Winstanley (1664 - 1703) Doomed builder of the Edystone lighthouse

Renaissance Netherlands – series 4

Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) Inventor of pendulum clock and theory of light

Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) Microscope inventor and biologist

Simon Stevin (1548-1620) Big-time inventor and engineer

Willebrord SNEL (1580-1626) Measured the earth and described refraction

Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686-1736) Inventor of thermometers and the F scale

Scotland – series 2

Alexander Bain (1810-1877) Shepherd who invented the Fax Machine

Charles MacIntosh (1766-1843) Waterproof Overcoat that bears his name

Rev. Robert Stirling (1790-1878) Minister who invented revolutionary engine

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) Inventor of Colour Photography

James Gregory (1638-1675) The Reflecting Telescope

Exploding Heroes – series 3

Roger Bacon (1214-1294) Brought gunpowder to Britain

Guy ‘Guido’ Fawkes, (d 1606) Annual Fall Guy

William Congreve (1772-1828) Invented self-propelled rockets

William Bickford (1774-1834)  Invented safety fuse

Rev Alexander John Forsyth (d 1843) Precussion cap to set off guns


London – series 5

Hubert Cecil Booth (1871-1955) Vacuum cleaner inventor

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) First Thames Tunnel

Stephen Hales (1677-1761) Discovered how water gets to the top of trees.

Eric Laithwaite (1921-1997) Heretical inventor of the Maglev train.

John Snow (1813-1858) Solved cholera mystery in Soho

Egypt – series 3

Hero of Alexandria (fl 100 BC) Steam engine

Cstebius (300 - 230 BC) Water clock and organ

Barber’s shop and Greek Theatre, Alexandria

Eratosthenes (273 - 192 BC) Measured circumference of earth with stick

Alhazen (965 - 1040) Pinhole camera

North of England – series 5

Louis Le Prince (1841-1890) The first moving film

Joseph Bramah (1748-1814) Prolific inventor and hydraulics pioneer

Tempest Anderson (1846-1913) Vulcanologist and photographer

John Smeaton (1724-1792) Champion lighthouse builder and water wheel scientist

George Stephenson (1781-1848) The father of railways

Science Week special – series 2

Dr Thomas Gaddes (c. 1897) Automatic egg-boiler

Rathburne and Burges (c. 1617) Patent number 1

Nicholas DuBois De Chemant (c. 1797) Combined dining table and foot-warming stove

William Banting – diet pioneer

Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750-1848) Discovered Uranus

Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) Photographer of moving things

Christopher Pinchbeck (1710-1783) Nocturnal Remembrancer