Strip the City Series 1

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Episode 5
Episode 6
Underground City: London

Strip The City uses stunning CGI animation to strip the world’s most extreme ‘underground city’ - London - naked of its steel, concrete, roads, rivers and rock – layer by layer – to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps it running.

Beneath the streets of London, lies a parallel universe. As its buildings soar higher, so its tunnels go deeper. London has more infrastructures built underground than any city in the world.  They hold the key the city’s success.

This film strips away the ground to reveal the city’s inner workings and explores the ingenious technologies that helped engineers to build one of the biggest cities on Earth. We join engineers working in this vast underground city – from tunnel builders digging a brand new underground train line 40m beneath the city to squads of workers scrubbing its sewer tunnels to prevent outbreaks of disease.

We lift up Buckingham Palace to reveal a ‘lost’ river and show the innovative engineering behind the city’s brand new port under construction. We peel away the Tower of London to reveal the true scale of the river Thames – far from being quiet and obedient, it was once a tidal torrent. And we strip back the steel and glass from Europe’s tallest skyscraper - the Shard – to reveal its hidden inner workings.

This film explores the geology that shaped the city’s past and challenges its future, from the rich clay that it sits on to the river that may one day consume it.



Desert City: Dubai The city’s leading engineers and geologists reveal the secrets hidden inside Dubai’s buildings that keep them standing.

Earthquake City: San Francisco The engineers and geologists reveal the secrets inside San Francisco’s skyscrapers that keep them standing

Harbour City: Sydney How did Sydney come to thrive in such an inhospitable place? This film looks beneath the city’s skin to discover the secret engineering wonders that make it possible.

Ice City: Toronto How did this metropolis grow to become the largest city in Canada in such an extreme environment? This film looks beneath the city’s skin to discover the secret engineering wonders and geological forces that make it possible.

Underground City: London We lift up Buckingham Palace to reveal a ‘lost’ river and show the innovative engineering behind the city’s brand new port under construction.

Ancient City: Rome We descend into a cavern of tunnels that runs under most of Rome, abseil into an ancient aqueduct and explore how Rome’s new Metro is being built.

Credits
Executive Producer
Series Producer
Producer/Director
Associate Producer
Researcher
Line Producer
Junior Production Manager
for Discovery, Discovery World, Quest