It's a bonzer time for anyone who enjoys watching London on film. As the Barbican's Urban Wanderings season continues, London Transport Museum announces a series of screenings about the Tube. If your first assumptions include yet another outing for the likes of Sliding Doors, Death Line and American Werewolf, then you'll be pleasantly surprised, as the series includes some rarely seen documentaries and footage.
Underground, 10 November
The only fiction piece in the series is another chance to see Anthony Asquith’s 1928 subterranean story of love, jealousy and murder — all but forgotten for years, but recently rehabilitated by the BFI and others for the underground's 150th anniversary. This silent film will be introduced by Simon Murphy and will be accompanied by a recorded orchestral score from Neil Brand. Book here.
London Transport Cine Gazette films 1-8, 1947-1949, 17 November
Internal films from London Transport, designed to keep 1940s staff up to date on developments. Films depict new canteens, experimental buses and trains, and sports roundups. Book here.
Victoria Line Report series 1962-1969, 24 November
The Victoria Line, built in the 1960s, was London's first new line for half a century. This series of films shows the civil engineering behind the project and the the ground-breaking automatic train operation system. Book here.
Jubilee Line Extension Project video reports 1993-1999, 1 December
The first public screening of this footage showing how the Jubilee Line extension was built. Including tunnelling, and a new signalling and control system. Book here.
Tube aficionados can also look forward to a talk on Underground design guru Frank Pick, by Oliver Green (4 November), and another about maligned businessman and rail baron Edgar Speyer by his biographer Tony Lentin (19 November). And, of course, there's also the small matter of the latest Aldwych station tours.
All films screen on Sundays 3-5pm, tickets £5.