Filippo Brunelleschi, an eccentric goldsmith, engineered an elaborate puzzle of interlocked bricks into the dome atop the grand basilica in Florence. The icon of Renaissance ingenuity stands as the largest masonry dome on earth. An obsessed professor and some bricklayers try to divine the lingering bedevilment.
Historian Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take up running Manor Farm with World War II era methods and machinery. Peter mole plows waterlogged fields. Ruth and Alex coax a wartime tractor into sewing a wheat crop.
With William Wallace hanged, drawn and quartered and the Scottish king away and broken, Scotland seemed dead. But Scotland's bishops supported a new king. Historian Neil Oliver portrays Robert Bruce, who murdered his opposition and harnessed Scottish patriotism.
In episode two, military historian Norm Christie tells us Canada volunteers troops to reinforce Britain's Hong Kong garrison. Canadians fight desperately when the Japanese invade, but are finally forced to surrender on Christmas Day, 1941.