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Secrets of the London Underground

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

Railway historian Tim Dunn teams up with Siddy Holloway from the London Transport Museum to explore the disused parts of London's tube network.

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Episode 3: Piccadilly

Summary

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the disused parts of Piccadilly Circus, the grandest station on the London Underground, and visit the long-abandoned Highgate surface station

Review

In a nice way, Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway restore a sense of style and grandeur to the Tube system. Those aren’t words that may occur to you if you tramp through its busy concourses regularly, but this show recalls the ambition that went into building them. 

Piccadilly Circus station, for instance, whose ticket hall was rebuilt in fine style right underneath London’s central roundabout in the 1920s – while keeping the traffic above and below ground flowing. We also visit the ghost of the old Highgate Station, its tunnels now a haven for four species of bat, and learn about the Johnston typeface that, combined with the roundel logo, made one of the great corporate identities.

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2021-08-02
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  • Summary

    Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the disused parts of Piccadilly Circus, the grandest station on the London Underground, and visit the long-abandoned Highgate surface station

    Review

    In a nice way, Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway restore a sense of style and grandeur to the Tube system. Those aren’t words that may occur to you if you tramp through its busy concourses regularly, but this show recalls the ambition that went into building them. 

    Piccadilly Circus station, for instance, whose ticket hall was rebuilt in fine style right underneath London’s central roundabout in the 1920s – while keeping the traffic above and below ground flowing. We also visit the ghost of the old Highgate Station, its tunnels now a haven for four species of bat, and learn about the Johnston typeface that, combined with the roundel logo, made one of the great corporate identities.

    Details

    Released on
    2021-08-02
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour
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