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7:01am 2nd February 2013

A Duchy expert accuses a new BBC documentary of 'corrupting' young engineers.

The 'Genius of Invention' features Richard Trevithick, the Cornishman who invented the first steam engine.

But Philip Hosken claims it wrongly credits a lot of his early work to others.

He wants to set the record straight:

"He invented the steam engine we all recognise, the steam engine that drove the Industrial Revolution, the one that drove all the transport, the railways, the ships. His is the one that we know as the steam engine.

"This country suddenly realised it didn't have any engineers left and we are buying in all our engineering from abroad, and there've been a lot of programmes on the media. But, when that goes out falsely it does spoil the story for everybody who is showing a bit of interest. "

The BBC insists the series does make Trevithick's role clear - describing him as the presenter's "personal hero."

7:01am 2nd February 2013

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