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BBC2 documentary series on the London Underground

Post  eddie on Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:43 am

It's on Monday nights at 9pm for the next few weeks.

I watched the first broadcast a couple of days ago and was pleasantly surprised at the comparatively realistic footage of events on the gatelines/platforms of Liverpool Street and Leicester Square stations in particular. Drunks, lunatics, homicidal maniacs, cretins...most were at least represented.

It's true that the staff, obviously aware of the presence of the camera crews, were on their best behaviour and their near-saintly forbearance in the face of absolutely unacceptable behaviour was slightly jarring- but , even so, it was a fairly reasonable picture of what we've got to endure on a daily basis.

If you want a (partial) insight into my working life, watch the series.

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Post  eddie on Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:59 am

Some sad insights:

The interview with a Russian (?) station cleaner in her late 20's who had trained as an athlete in her youth and therefore had no other transferrable career skills...so she'd ended up as an LU cleaner.

Before coming to the UK, her impressions of the country had been formed by 'Upstairs, Downstairs' (reticent, polite people), so nothing had prepared her for cleaning up their mess: urine, shit, vomit, blood, sperm etc (each bodily product has a designated cleaning code-word and procedure).

All this is in my book, in the chapter entitled "The Hell of Excrement".


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:33 pm

this isn't about BBC2, but the BBC America network.  There's been some misinformation on internet about BBC America broadcasts of the gussied-up HD incarnation of ST:TNG, so I thot I'd try to explain w/ truth.

For a while, BBC America has been showing TNG seasons 3 thru 7 on just about daily reruns.  Recently they picked up only the first season of TNG in the fancy new HD version while they're still showing 3 thru 7 in a weird format that isn't HD, yet crops the image a bit to make it fill more of the current 16x9 TV screens.  And yup, they aren't showing season 2 at all, so if one wanted to see WHERE SILENCE HAS LEASE or THE OUTRAGEOUS OKONA, must look elsewhere.  

Currently, these episodes are the only ones being shown on BBC America in fancy HD with enhanced colour saturation and new but tasteful ( i.e. non Lucasian) CG effects.

"Encounter at Farpoint" Part 1 & Part 2 ( fun to see this one split into two episodes with an exiting "to be continued..." and a breezy recap, as prior I'd only seen it as a special two hour presentation)

"The Naked Now"

"Code of Honor"

"The Last Outpost"

"Where No One Has Gone Before"

"Lonely Among Us"

"Justice"

"The Battle"

"Hide and Q"

"Haven"

"The Big Goodbye"

"Datalore"

"Angel One"

"11001001"

"Too Short a Season"

"When the Bough Breaks"

"Home Soil"

"Coming of Age"

"Heart of Glory"

"The Arsenal of Freedom"

"Symbiosis"  

"Skin of Evil"

"We'll Always Have Paris"

"Conspiracy"

"The Neutral Zone"


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Re: BBC2 documentary series on the London Underground

Post  woo on Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:04 am

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:40 pm

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Re: BBC2 documentary series on the London Underground

Post  woo on Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:22 am

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Re: BBC2 documentary series on the London Underground

Post  pinhedz on Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:28 am

woo wrote:



Speaking of England, anyone else hungry for some Capt. Cook stew...Mmmmm, British.

British taste like steak cheval.

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Re: BBC2 documentary series on the London Underground

Post  pinhedz on Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:27 am

News of Eddie--London Underground commuters left "choking and screaming." Shocked

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/manor-house-smoke-turnpike-lane-rush-hour-fire-alert-commuters-scream-9750087.html

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