Some years ago, the BBC commissioned a series of short films to fill gaps in their schedules, each being 10 minutes long, including trailers, about architecture.
One of them being presented by Jools Holland who took rather a fancy to the newish Canary Wharf, and now offers us a chance to remind ourselves just what an exceptionally aloof structure the original tower was before it was surrounded by even more towers.
Being a celeb, he is allowed to stand right at the top of the tower, inside the pyramid, and climb out onto the pathway that runs around the top a few floors below.
There’s also a few comments about ground architecture, and it was then that I realised I had seen the film before, but was unable to find it as I had presumed that softly spoken Dan Cruickshank had presented it — as the only bit I could really remember were admiring comments about the detailing on the lamp posts.
Nope, a musician was the presenter, so much for my fallible memory.
The film has a fleeting moment to delight transport geeks, of early DLR trains pulling into Canary Wharf station. A comical comment about the symmetry of Greenwich being ruined is actually quite an interesting point about how the long distance landscape affects views across London.