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New BBC series about London streets

The first episode of this wonderful slice of social history took Charles Booth's social maps of London in the 1880's and 1890's as a starting point for a look at the "Oxford Street of South London" and how the post war town planners did more damage than the Luftwaffe in 1960's Deptford.



Future episodes include Camberwell and Islington. If you see one history series on TV this year, make it this one. Truly stunning.

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I see BBC America has 2012 beginning June 28. I don't see much else.

People here are disgusted with BBCA as many pay extra for it in their cable package and the quality has dropped so badly- just an endless stream of old TopGear, Ramsey, and Who.

The Tube looks fascinating! Thanks Adam-Chance, Heather, and Ruby.

I am going to work on getting the iplayer to work for me as it looks like this going to be the only way to see alot of these things.

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Looks as if ‘The tube’ has been retitled to ‘The Underground’ for the BBC overseas broadcasts.

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Flannan, You're disgusted with BBCA? I get annoyed with the BBC owned UKTV when they foisted The Only Way is Essex on us and treated it as if it was something worthwhile! Ha. I barely made it through five minutes of that scripted reality cr@p. Occasionally they redeem themselves though with Luther and a few other things. But it is a digital pay service (though it is part of the basic package here) and I expect more than endless repeats of old stuff. Broadcast tv has almost, almost given up on BBC tv (especially docos) though we did get Frozen Planet,Sherlock, Rev, and Call the Midwives.

And Adam-Chance. Yes, I got momentarily confused into thinking it was different series. I guess they thought people would think The Tube was about packaging??!

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I'm also very disappointed with BBCAmerica, although it does appear we'll get a few things (yay, Twenty Twelve!). They did also carry the Diamond Jubilee coverage, and showed Marr's "Diamond Queen". They show British dramas on some Wednesday nights (currently running "White Heat", for example, previously things like "Luther" and "Whitechapel"), but other than that it's very disappointing.

Fortunately, we get "Sherlock" via Masterpiece Theater on PBS. Like Flannan, I'll have to work on iPLayer, and use You Tube. Of course, the best option would be to be in London more often!

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Missed it any good?

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Just released online this week: 27 documentaries about London from the BBC archives.


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Thanks for the link to those old documentaries, Glyn. I just watched one of them, 'We live by the River' (1955) and it's really evocative of London in the fifties. I hope to watch a few of the others before long.

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There just isn't time to see all these great BBC programmes.

Tonight's London Streets on BBC2 clashes with the Thames/Turner programme on BBC4. And we're out anyway.

Fair enough: that's what iPlayer's for. But almost ALL our available TV watching time is taken up with catch-up. There's no time left to watch live TV, never mind the 40-year old archive progs you've wanted to see since they first showed a clip in some other terrific documentary.

Anyone moaning there's nothing worthwhile on the box just isn't looking..

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Flanner I watch more BBC* then the channels of my own country, though I do use the subtitles. Am glad that I can catch the programme on BBC2 tonight(2100 BST, 2200 CET(yes the dutch will be playing but i live in a flat so when I hear a lot of swearing and/or cheers(fingers crossed that there will be mostly cheers) I quickly switch channels to see whats happening)

* documentaries, Horrible Histories, QI, Sherlock, DrWho etc

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40. Re: New BBC series about London streets

‘The Secret History of Our Streets‘ episode this evening was about Camberwell Grove, a street in South London, a very interesting programme, again using the maps that Charles Booth made to record the social status of each houses occupancy.