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Friday, February 17, 2006

The Tube on TV Tonight

Sliding Doors and Map Man

If you're in the UK there are two London Underground treats on the telly tonight.

Gwynnie Paltrow puts on a great English accent in Sliding Doors. She plays a woman whose life follows very different paths depending on whether she catches the Tube that she is about to miss by a few seconds. "In one reality she finds out her boyfriend is a two-timing louse, so she leaves him and gets a cute new haircut. In her parallel world the hair is long and boring - very much like her life." Lots of the film is shot on the London Underground and you'll have fun spotting the many discrepencies and "artistic licence" taken. (If you don't get a chane to watch it
Nick Cooper has done a good job of this already on his site about the tube in TV and Films). Nevertheless Sliding Doors is quite an enjoyable British rom com. It's on at 11.05pm on BBC1.

UK TV History will be showing Map Man at 6pm (at at 7pm on UK TV History +1 - funnily enough). It's part of a series that looks famous maps "that changed the face of Britain" and tonight's episode focusses on Harry Beck the designer of the London Underground Map. I missed it when it was on terrestrial TV last year so will definitely be taping it tonight. I have a feeling that Mark Ovenden (whose brill talk we went to last year) is featured in it too.

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