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Thursday, November 03, 2005

New TV Series of The Tube starts next week

Remember, remember the 8th of November

Just in case anyone else wants to tell me, yes, I'm well aware that a new series of the "fly on the wall" documentary TV show -
The Tube begins next week (most Thursdays from the 8th November on ITV1 London region). Seriously though thanks to everyone who did tell me and particular thanks to the show's assistant producer, Angela Roberts, who's been avidly following this blog while producing the series to see if they've missed anything that should be on it!

Angela from Mosaic Films kindly sent me some preview screen shots which illustrate the programmes. Not surprisingly the media have been focussing on the two special shows for the July 7th bombings (Under Attack) and their devastating effect on the London Underground.

"Would you like these?" she asked. "No", I replied. We tended to covered the bombings fairly intensively from the horrific day itself and whenever something significant ocurrred from then on. "I'd quite like something which covered the normal theme of this blog - the human or the funny and unusual side of the Tube."

So of the ones she sent me, I selected this one of Mandy from Brixton Station from Episode 4 - Losing It which will be broadcast at 7.30 on the 8th December.

Mandy from The Tube TV Series 3


Here's the synposis for that episode:

"At Brixton Underground Station the staff and passengers face more than their fair share of ticket touts, beggars and drug users. Newly appointed Control Room Assistant Mandy Sahota faces her first major incident involving the police, and station supervisor Jose Montiero has to use his tact to remove a man who is taking drugs on his platform.

While thousands of Goths descend upon Brixton station for a gig at the nearby Academy, Mandy's mentor, Frenchie is up for a long service award to mark his 25 years of service on the underground. While many things have changed over 25 years on the London Underground, one thing has remained constant - fare evasion. A major Revenue Control Operation takes place at Brixton and the British Transport Police are soon involved.

Experienced staff don't 'lose it' when things get difficult, but passengers lose things all the time. An unattended bag causes a security alert and station closure at Vauxhall. We see what happens when innocent bags are found or handed in. We visit the bowels of the Lost Property office. Here we uncover a treasure trove of items lost and found every day; from false teeth to the keys to a house in Mumbai
."

Looks like the award winning series will be its usual brilliant self and certainly one to watch if you live in London, or have one of those digital channels that means you can tune into any region no matter where in the country you live.


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