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For better or worse, the industrial revolution is why we are where we are now. Perhaps that’s why this stand-alone documentary feels like it should be a series. Professor Jeremy Black does a decent job of shoehorning everything in, even if there’s a sense that more time could be spent on each subject he races past. As a result, this film offers a useful primer rather than a striking or definitive take on the subject. The problem is, there are so many answers to the question implied by the title. The industrial revolution was the product of coal, steam, canals and roads. It was the product of intellectual curiosity and technological virtuosity. And it was the product of brutal exploitation, both at home and abroad. In short, it came about as the result of a unique and freakish confluence of circumstances and an hour isn’t really enough time in which to do them justice.