Passionate about trains, Michael Portillo continues to chart the great British romance with the railways in this phenomenally successful series. Armed with his copy of George Bradshaw's famous railway handbook, he retraces four journeys that were first documented in the Victorian guide, witnessing what's changed and discovering how our love of the railways began. Throughout, he makes stops at some of Britain's most beautiful cities and secluded villages, meeting extraordinary people and hearing how their lives have been shaped by the railways.
When Robert Fripp is away from King Crimson, truly magical things come from his guitar. In a solo context, Fripp presents Soundscapes, built on the tradition of Frippertronics, a mode of musical expression he pioneered with Brian Eno over the course of two albums in the 1970s, No Pussyfooting and Evening Star. Those early albums relied on actual physical loops of tape, adding new elements with each repetition. Such limitations no longer exist. Working here in the realm of one guitar, and many, many effects processors, Fripp produces tones and textures that one would not assume are coming from a guitar at all.
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway goes behind-the-scenes of Crossrail, to discover the characters and technology behind Europe’s biggest engineering project. The three-part BBC Two series looks at the building of London’s brand new high frequency, high-capacity subterranean railway. From the construction of a gigantic new train station located at Canary Wharf, to the father and son team excavating the lines new twin tube tunnels under the river Thames, this series reveals the cutting edge technology and larger than life characters at the heart of building London’s new underground. Employing over 10,000 workers and costing 15 billion pounds, the railway engineers must burrow forty-two kilometres of tunnels, ensure listed buildings don’t crack, London Underground trains continue running, roads stay open and the City stays in business.
In a moving and often funny documentary, award-winning filmmaker Sean Langan is off to East Africa to ride the rails of the Tazara railroad, whose passenger and goods trains travel through spectacular scenery and a game park teeming with wild animals.