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Metropolis 1

Synopsis
Series tracing the historical and technological evolution of six typical components of a modern city. Uses graphics, video effects and dramatic re-creation to revealt he hidden mechanisms that enable the modern metropolis to function.
1 (producer Bryn Higgins): The emergence of high-rise buildings.
2 (producer Bryn Higgins): Prison governor Dr David Wilson examines the use of closed-circuit security cameras in cities such as Los Angeles, London and Newcastle upon Tyne, and discusses the hidden dangers in the rapid rise of mass surveillance.
3 (producer Frank Prendergast): A history of the water closet and looks at the Victorian sewerage system built beneath London.
4 (producer Bryn Higgins): A London cab driver looks at the history of traffic in cities, from horse-drawn transport to modern-day motor-vehicle congestion.
5 (producer Frank Prendergast): The construction of the London underground rail system from its proposal in 1843 to the reality of the present-day network.
6 (producer Frank Prendergast, Antony Woodward): The history of street lighting from the late 18th century to the present day.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 6 x 30 min.
Year of production
1995
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £65.00 (+VAT +p&p) each 1997 sale: £180.00 (+VAT +p&p) series
Subjects
Environmental science
Keywords
cities & towns; public transport; skyscrapers; technological innovation; underground railways; video surveillance; waste management

Credits

Director
Frank Prendergast
Producer
Antony Woodward; Bryn Higgins; Frank Prendergast
Contributor
Ian Duncan; Oliver Morse

Sections

Title
Tower without ends, The
Synopsis
1 (producer Bryn Higgins): The emergence of high-rise buildings.

Title
Someone to watch over us
Synopsis
2 (producer Bryn Higgins): Prison governor Dr David Wilson examines the use of closed-circuit security cameras in cities such as Los Angeles, London and Newcastle upon Tyne, and discusses the hidden dangers in the rapid rise of mass surveillance.

Title
Big stink, A
Synopsis
3 (producer Frank Prendergast): A history of the water closet and looks at the Victorian sewerage system built beneath London.

Title
Light, lines and heavy fines
Synopsis
4 (producer Bryn Higgins): A London cab driver looks at the history of traffic in cities, from horse-drawn transport to modern-day motor-vehicle congestion.

Title
Going underground
Synopsis
5 (producer Frank Prendergast): The construction of the London underground rail system from its proposal in 1843 to the reality of the present-day network.

Title
Bright lights, big city
Synopsis
6 (producer Frank Prendergast, Antony Woodward): The history of street lighting from the late 18th century to the present day.

Production Company

Name

Windfall Films Ltd

Sponsor

Name

BBC Education

Web
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8746 1111
Fax
020 8752 4398
Address
White City
201 Wood Lane
London
W12 7TS

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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