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Secrets of the London Underground

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary

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 1: Holborn

Summary

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the abandoned branch line between Holborn and Aldwych, and at Holloway Road they find out about the Tube's only spiral escalator.

Review

Tim Dunn is in the artwork room of the London Transport Museum’s storage depot, a place of lovely old posters and forgotten slogans. (“The way for all” cries one from Edwardian times, simply.) He is in raptures pulling out posters by the likes of John Hassall, Tom Eckersley and Punch cartoonist Fougasse and it makes you wonder why nobody has made a series about poster art – perhaps he will?

But the main business of Dunn and Siddy Holloway’s series is to explore hidden byways of the Tube system. It’s not quite as ravishing as his previous hit, Architecture the Railways Built, but there are intriguing titbits, like the purpose of those tiny blue plaques on the wall that look like fractions; or remnants of the spiral escalator designed for Holloway station that never quite worked. They begin at that Tube-fan favourite, the defunct spur of the Piccadilly Line that used to run to Aldwych.

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  • Episode 1

    Holborn

    Summary

    Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore the abandoned branch line between Holborn and Aldwych, and at Holloway Road they find out about the Tube's only spiral escalator.

    Review

    Tim Dunn is in the artwork room of the London Transport Museum’s storage depot, a place of lovely old posters and forgotten slogans. (“The way for all” cries one from Edwardian times, simply.) He is in raptures pulling out posters by the likes of John Hassall, Tom Eckersley and Punch cartoonist Fougasse and it makes you wonder why nobody has made a series about poster art – perhaps he will?

    But the main business of Dunn and Siddy Holloway’s series is to explore hidden byways of the Tube system. It’s not quite as ravishing as his previous hit, Architecture the Railways Built, but there are intriguing titbits, like the purpose of those tiny blue plaques on the wall that look like fractions; or remnants of the spiral escalator designed for Holloway station that never quite worked. They begin at that Tube-fan favourite, the defunct spur of the Piccadilly Line that used to run to Aldwych.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour
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