Rory Stewart, best-selling author, former Harvard Professor and MP for Penrith and Border, has released a new documentary entitled “Border Country – the Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland,” which explores the identity and history of Cumbria, Northumbria, and the Borders.
Rory explains that the “documentary is an attempt to make sense of more than two thousand years of history. It describes a wall, far more brutal and long-lasting than the Berlin Wall; and a frontier which spawned a mafia society, more terrifying than anything ever seen in Sicily. It shows the ambition and aggression of English and Scottish Nationalism, and the horror which comes from borders. But most of all it is about the shared landscape, and culture, that still lies hidden beneath these divisions. It is a culture with Cumbria at its heart – a culture that encompasses all of what is now Southern Scotland and Northern England. And the only name I can find to describe it is ‘the Middleland.’”
Episode 2 will be shown on BBC2 this coming Sunday at 20.00 GMT. For more information, or to catch up with Episode 1, click here.