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The Underground (BBC Series) [DVD] [NTSC]
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2014
Another super documentary about the London Underground system, showing all aspects of how to operate, and run the underground system in London.
I found it very interesting I was amazed how many people use the tube, I found the reference to people killing themselves by jumping in front of the train ,as a one under, as being very frightening, when I lived in London ,and used the underground, I do not think anyone ever did that as far as I can remember.
For anyone interested in transport especially railways the this certainly a documentary for you. It certainly opened my eyes up to how much maintenance has to be done to keep the whole system ,and how they are slowly having to renew the whole system,and the costs involved .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I put OK here only because these 2 DVD's are actually episodes of The Tube under a different title. It is not the entire series and to put this under another name when in fact they are episodes of The Tube is a bit misleading. That said, the programs are well made and very informative, but some information stating that this is actually episodes of The Tube series under another name would have gone a long way in helping people decide whether to buy this or not, given that the entire The Tube series is available elsewhere.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
Fantastic insight into the london underground. It's a must see for all Londoners. It will make them see how lucky they are to have the service in spite of its many failings. It has made me see the tube in a completely different light and I appreciate the service much more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2014
great insight to how the london unground works and runs and what they have to put up with on a daily basis
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on 17 April 2015
I am an American who loves London. I have never been to London (hopefully that changes in the next 5 years) but I saw this series on YouTube back in 2012. I enjoyed all 6 episodes. I wanted to purchase it on DVD, but they never released it. I kept checking everywhere, but it was fruitless. Then, one day, I finally found it on Amazon UK. Much to my delight, it is a Region 0 DVD, meaning that it will play anywhere in the world (there have been many British DVDs that I wanted to purchase that were Region 2, meaning I couldn't watch them). In addition to this series, there are other Tube series (The Tube Series 1 and 2, The Tube Series 3). You can purchase them at the London Transport Museum website.

Most of the characters speak in British English. There are subtle differences between British English and American English (for example, in America, depot is pronounced dee-poh). Therefore, I had to listen carefully. It was totally worth it.

In the first episode "Weekend", the Tube staff dealt with drunk passengers at the Liverpool Street station, including some who played on the escalator and one who got sick on the platform. There was a weekend construction project on the Metropolitan Line (which is my favorite line since it is scenic and it skips several stops). This angered many passengers since they had to take replacement buses (I can empathize with them since this often happens in the NYC subway). The Tube staff had to wake up passengers on the last train who missed their stop and ended up at the end of the Northern line. After the last train went to the depot, routine maintenance was performed. At Leicester Square, a woman was shoved in front of a train, but she survived.

In the second episode "Revenue", ticket inspectors entered the carriage. I'm confused. Don't you have to pay to go through the turnstile and enter the system? I looked at the TfL website and it is so esoteric. I don't understand the difference between pay as you go and an Oyster Card. Anyway, the inspectors pulled the passengers who didn't have the proper ticket/card? off the train and gave them a £25 penalty (that's roughly $37 American dollars). I recognized one of the inspectors from the previous Tube series- the muscular female with the short hair. The inspectors were a little harsh- they made a Chinese lady cry. There was a station in suburban London that did not have a gate. Riders were supposed to touch the Oyster Card reader but some didn't. When some riders did not touch it, the inspectors accosted them. I felt that it was entrapment.

A subplot was the construction of the sleek S Stock train. The S Stock looked nice. It was a huge upgrade from the carriages that were built in the late 1950's. Later in the episode, two male ticket inspectors confronted a verbally abusive passenger.

In the third episode "Emergency Response", there was a one under- a person under a train. The Emergency Response Unit came to the scene. The driver involved in the accident was consoled by another driver. Later in the episode, there was the Notting Hill Carnival. I didn't know that there were that many West Indians in London. I live in a Caribbean neighborhood in New York City. There is a West Indian parade in early September. What I liked about the Notting Hill Carnival is that Londoners of all ethnicities attended, not just West Indian Londoners. Even Tube employees danced and partied. The Notting Hill Gate station became overcrowded so they set up a queue. There were a few incidents, but most people were there to have a good time.

In episode 4 "Upgrading the Tube", they dealt with overcrowding at Victoria, the busiest Tube station. They also visited the factory where the S Stock is manufactured. The Tottenham Court Road station was rebuilt.

Episode 5 "Rush hour" dealt with more overcrowding, as well as repairs to the Circle Line

In episode 6 "Overnight", Londoners leaving clubs rushed to catch the last train. Some of them missed the last train. When the station manager tried to close the gate of the station, the crowd tried to hit her (they will be happy to know that starting in late-2015, the Tube will operate 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights). When the Tube shuts down, night workers clean the tunnels and repair the tracks. The carriages are washed and inspected at the depots.

I enjoyed this series. London is the greatest city in the world (Tokyo and Paris come close). It's not perfect, but I still love it. It is a diverse city with a sense of camaraderie that you won't find elsewhere. I look forward to my arrival at Heathrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2014
Was hoping for a bit more of the '16 billion' new underground but I suppose that will come when the build is finished as a follow up to this one...so probably good to have this first. Very exciting times, look forward to a trip to London to experience first hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2014
Fascinating survey of the Underground and how it works. Very well produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2014
Very interesting. I don't remember it being shown on TV. Many of the characters interviewed are good to watch and quite entertaining. It shows what goes on behind the scenes and how much the public take for granted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2015
Having a family connection with this film, I enjoyed it immensely, and would recommend it as the best description of the Underground's part in the everyday life of London there is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2014
Can anyone tell me if this is the series that was on BBC 2 called 'The Tube' transmitted in 2012 and if it includes 'The Tube - An Underground History' that was on around a year later
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