Underground

The magical other world of the London Underground Railway

Nick Coleman: Time Out: March 1987
Tony Knox's film is a delicately pitched anatomy of the mega-wormhole we all take so easily for granted , achieved with a largely commentary-free montage of images, interviews and clips, which succeeds in rubbing them all together into a thoroughly stimulating and gloomy spectacle.

Kate Wood: City Limits: March 1987
Wonderful. A panoramic view of London's underground system that portrays the labyrinth of tunnels and passageways in a series of contrasting images, beginning with a montage of film clips juxtaposing their dark and light sides  from film makers' love of the dramatically sinister passages so often used in thrillers, to the refuge the platforms gave to thousands during the war. The viewer is taken down to the deepest tube tunnel in the world, the brainchild of pioneering Victorians but now nothing more than a reminder of failed aspirations. The programme's mix'n'match approach encompasses the subway as an art venue, from Ken Ellis (a one man tube theatre who entertains commuters) to the haunting sketches of Henry Moore, and the sombre poems of T.S. Eliot and Seamus Heaney.

John Naughton: The Listener: 5th March 1987
The South Bank Show opened with Mr. Melvyn Bragg fastidiously picking his way with a torch through a disused London Underground station. This turned out to be the lead-in to a charming, quirky and fascinating film about the role the subway system has played in life and literature. . . .A veritable gem.

Wendy Cope: The Spectator: 7th March, 1987
I have left myself very little space in which to say how much I enjoyed the London Underground anthology from The South Bank Show.

Alexandra Shulman: The Times: 2nd March, 1987
Fast-paced and with the appealing roughness of a scrapbook's content, Tony Knox's programme successfully managed to convey the curious qualities of this "subterranean world".

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