The yanks have been in London filming underground places, and the result is a fairly decent documentary.
Unlike some US-productions, it lacks the usual hyperactive puppy of a presenter bouncing around gushing about how exciting everything is — and is more of a serious history documentary.
Aimed at 12-18 year olds, it is still eminently watchable, and fronted by a good number of experts that should be recognisable to any London geek.
Narrated by Samuel West, most of it is accurate, and I am sure if the episode was broadcast on BBC4, most of us would sit down for a fairly enjoyable 40 minutes of subterranean lore.
Secrets of Underground London is due to be broadcast in the States later this year, PBS have broken the programme into cup-of-tea break sized chunks and put them online.
You can watch 2 videos, but will need to register on their website for the third or more. Seems simple enough, although where it says to leave a field blank if you are overseas, then needs to be filled in on the next page. Entering 12345 as a school zip code seems to work though.
- Guildhall’s Roman Amphitheatre
- Museum of London’s bones archive
- East Smithfields plague pits
- Great Fire of London
- Chislehurst caves
- Thames Tunnel
- River Fleet sewers
- London Underground
- Leinster Gardens
- Tube Map
- Aldwych Station — and the railway tunnel used to store the British Museum artworks
- Cabinet war room and the Paddock bunker
- The London Silver Vaults
- British Library
- British museum vaults currently under construction