Going Underground

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, and to celebrate this illustrious milestone, Twenty Minutes explores the lesser-known music of the tube - not just the buskers and the classical music in ticket halls, but the strange music of the machinery involved in the world's first underground railway. Train enthusiast Petroc Trelawny experiences the compelling and sometimes overwhelming soundworld of the tube, with writer Jonathan Glancey and Robert Elms.

Episodes

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19900715

First broadcast on 1990-07-11

Producer: M. PATEL

Next in series: 4

Previous in series: THE LONDON SILVER VAULTS

Broadcast history

11 Jul 1990 11:47-12:00 (RADIO 4)

15 Jul 1990 16:47-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-05-17

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Five families are moving into new houses with a difference. Built underground, the houses in Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, have no central heating and are not connected to mains water or sewage. Gill Dummigan asks what they are like to live in and whether they provide lessons about living in a more environmentally friendly way.

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Unknown: Mark Burman

Producer: Mohini Patel

Unknown: Roger Woddis

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Unknown: Mark Burman

Producer: Mohini Patel

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Unknown: Mark Burman

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Unknown: Eileen Heigel

Unknown: Mark Burman

Producer: Mohini Patel

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Unknown: Ted Boseley

Unknown: Mark Burman

Producer: Mohini Patel

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Unknown: Mark Burman

Unknown: Ted Boseley

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First broadcast on 1990-06-27

Producer: M. PATEL

Next in series: THE LONDON SILVER VAULTS

Broadcast history

27 Jun 1990 11:47-12:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Jul 1990 16:47-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-02-14

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Mark Burman goes beneath Chancery Lane to visit the London Silver Vaults - 40 high-security shops run by second or third generation Jewish dealers.

Broadcast history

04 Jul 1990 11:47-12:00 (RADIO 4)

08 Jul 1990 16:47-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Mark Burman (int)

Geoffrey Knowles (Speaker)

Sam Bulka (Speaker)

Richard Nagioff (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 438979

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Broadcast history

11 Jul 1990 11:47-12:00 (RADIO 4)

15 Jul 1990 16:47-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-05-17

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84-year-old Ted Boseley gives Mark Burman a tour of the nuclear bunker he has built underneath his Somerset home. Declares that it has "a serious purpose, with amusing overtones". Strong local accent.

PRE:Lives in what he describes as a bungalow - actually a two-room wooden shack. Originally, intended bunker as store for his potatoes. Did it all himself. Stores he will take - apple dumplings, potatoes, etc. Doesn't dislike women, but doesn't want to live with one - couldn't have his own way.Will take his cat - and cat litter. People always interested, especially children. Definite threat from Hinkley Point - only 15 miles away. Act. from R4's 1800 Hrs News from time of Chernobyl explosion. Will take some books, typewriter. Won't be bored. Reckons he would be able to survive a month. Purpose behind it - serious matter "with amusing overtones".

Broadcast history

18 Jul 1990 11:47-12:00 (RADIO 4)

22 Jul 1990 16:47-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Mark Burman (int)

Ted Boseley (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 442447

First broadcast on 1990-07-18

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