York Minster – backdrop to some of the most dramatic moments in British history – has quite literally stood the test of time, surviving fires, subsidence and World War Two bomb attacks.

And who better to celebrate this majestic gothic edifice than TV’s favourite comedy-actor-turned-historian, Sir Tony Robinson, in the first of this series celebrating Britain’s cathedrals.

Later in the run he’ll visit Canterbury and Winchester, but first up Tony gets exclusive access to some of the thousands of items that were dug up during York Minster’s structural work, which have remained unexamined for 50 years.

Perfect Good Friday fare.