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Metropolis: Going Underground

The fifth of a six-part series looking at how technology has shaped the modern city.
Despite resistance from hellfire clergymen who regarded tunnelling as the road to hell, 19th-century planners like Charles Pearson persevered with their quest to link London's new rail termini by a network of tube lines. In 1860 work began on the world's first underground railway.

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BBC Two England


Fourth of a six-part series which looks at how technology has moulded the modern city.
Lights, Lines and Heavy Fines. Every day a tide of cars and lorries chokes
Britain's cities. Behind the chaos lies a master-plan which struggles to keep the metropolis on the move.
Robin Das , a London cabbie, cruises through the streets and the centuries exploring the age-old battle between the city and its traffic. His journey begins with the origin of traffic lights, takes a rat-run through the American grid plan, and collects Jim Landles , the man in charge of traffic for London.
Director/Producer Bryn Higgins
BBC Two England


Third of a six-part series looking at how technology has shaped and molded the modem city.
A Big Stink. Odourless, hygienic, sanitised - cities, especially London, were not always so. Using comic dramatisations and computer graphics, the programme provides a history of the WC and reveals the enormous Victorian sewerage system lurking beneath the city that was built to cope with all the waste. Producer Frank Prendergast
BBC Two England


Second of a six-part series which shows how technology has shaped the modern city.
Someone to Watch over Us. Cities are being gripped by fear, the streets increasingly seen as dangerous and insecure. The all-seeing eye of the surveillance camera seems to offer an answer. But are there hidden dangers to the rapid rise of mass surveillance? Prison governor Dr David Wilson takes to the streets of Los Angeles, London and Newcastle upon Tyne to explore the underside of the electronic gaze.
Producer Bryn Higgins ; Series producers Ian Duncan and Oliver Morse
BBC Two England


A six-part series which peels back the concrete to show how technology has shaped the modern city.
The Tower without Ends. A glittering new tower will soon be scrapingthe skies over Paris. Transparent and thin as a pencil, it will challenge the laws of nature. But will it snap in a storm or collapse like a house of cards?
EngineerTony Fitzpatrick draws on man's 4,000 year quest to build up to the heavens as he struggles to defy' wind and gravity.
Producer Bryn Higgins ; Series producers Ian Duncan and Oliver Morse
BBC Two England


Last of a six-part series on the ways technology moulded modem cities. Bright Lights, Big City. The battle to liberate cities from nightfall, which closed down industries and provided coverfor crime, has been waged since the late 18th century. The flickering gas lamps of Victorian Britain were superseded by brighter electric streetlights, and a new neon landsape was created. But with it came a new problem - what are the consequences oftoo much light, or light "pollution"? Does it really matter if the stars in the night sky are no longer visible?
Producers Frank Prendergast , Antony Woodward
BBC Two England

Virtually Las Vegas

A Late Show special on America's most flamboyant and fastest-growing metropolis -
Las Vegas. Can a city based on fantasy, pleasure and excess have anything to teach the architects of other cities around the world?
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Producer Bemadette 0' Brien; Series editor Michael Poole
BBC One London

Film 95 with Barry Norman

Tonight's films under review include Little Women, brought into the 90s with a cast including Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon; Priest, starring Linus Roache and Cathy Tyson; Immortal Beloved, with Gary Oldman and Isabella Rossellini charting the legacy of Beethoven's last will;and IQ, starring Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan. Plus a visit to the futuristic set of Sylvester Stallone's latest movie Judge Dredd. See today's choices. Director Jonathan Hacker; Series producer Bruce Thompson
Barry Norman: see page 40
BBC One London

The New Adventures of Superman

A series of exciting exploits with the crime-fighting hero. Starring Dean Cain , Teri Hatcher
Wallof Sound. A criminal whose sonic weapon can halt even the Man of Steel holds Metropolis to ransom. Yet even before the city quakes, a gulf has opened up between Lois and Clark.

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