It’s a boring Bank Holiday, so what better than to watch a load of old BBC programmes about London’s buses, buildings and tube tunnels?

I was trawling the iPlayer archives the other night and found one programme and then found that it’s part of a collection that has been put online.

So, you might want to see the efforts to save/gentrify Spitalfields in 1985, or see the sights and sounds of London along the 31 bus route — also in 1985.

How about a much longer version of a clip I highlighted last year about the construction of the Victoria Line, with stiff “open university” presenter, and a disregard for Health & Safety that would make builders today cringe in horror.

Smoking, in the tunnel boring machine? Shocking!

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More from 1985, the people who live in Soho. From 1975, Kenneth Williams talks about Bloomsbury, or a look at the Black Cab driver in 1996.

All quite wonderful stuff, slow, easy listening heritage.

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One comment on “BBC archive of old London programmes
  1. Ed says:

    Could do with more programmes like this being produced nowadays. What is documented today will of course be heritage for “tomorrow”. The recent “The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads” series on BBC 2 was quite good …be interesting to look back on in say 25-30years time.

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