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You may think you’d know where you were with a show called ‘Dan Snow’s History of Railways’. Perhaps to confound your preconceptions, therefore, this first episode starts with Snow posing as a hitman – kicking open doors and (startlingly) hiding a pistol in his back pocket. It’s an opening sequence that, to be blunt, makes no sense whatsoever. Yet clumsy attempts to sex-up rail history (surely redundant given Snow’s rower-like physique) are, frankly, pointless. For one thing, they happen naturally – whether through Snow’s lusty explanations about pumping pistons or the inevitable shots of trains disappearing into tunnels. Snow is no master historian à la AJP Taylor, and hardcore rail-heads won’t glean any new insights into the innovations of George and Robert Stephenson. Yet for the vast majority of us, this should prove an accessible and vivid depiction of one of the jewels in Britain’s industrial crown.