Steeplejack, steamroller fanatic, great English eccentric and National Treasure, Fred Dibnah with his specs, cloth cap and infectious toothy grin, quickly found a place in the nation’s heart and became a familiar sight on our screens, demolishing giant factory chimneys with ease and casually hopping across the chimney tops with death-defying agility.
With the world literally at his feet, Fred was much in demand as a TV pundit and after-dinner speaker on industrial history and all things mechanical – and especially anything related to his overriding passion: steamrollers.
Awarded an MBE for services to heritage and broadcasting,he was already losing his battle with kidney cancer when he arrived at Buckingham Palace to collect it – in his green, black and gold eight-ton steam traction engine! Rejecting chemotherapy in favour of Guinness and oranges, the nation’s favourite steeplejack left us for good in November 2004.
Fred #1: The World At Your Feet (09/09/1982)
Fred #2: A Vision of Heaven (16/09/1982)
Fred #3: Uncalled For Distractions (23/09/1982)
Fred #4: Drinking And Climbing (30/09/1982)
Fred #5: An Epic Journey Begun (07/10/1982)
Fred #6: The Epic Journey Resumed (14/10/1982)
Fred #7: Victory And After (21/10/1982)
Narrated by Derek Guyler
Plus… Fred Dibnah: Steeplejack