Super Tunnel

Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London. Airing October 12, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired October 12, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

Underneath the streets of London, a team of more than ten thousand construction workers race to build a brand new metro line—Crossrail. Costing almost $23 billion, it’s the biggest engineering project in Europe and must link into the existing metro system. As they burrow the 26 miles of tunnels, engineers battle to make sure historic buildings don’t crack, London Underground trains keep running, and an ambitious station roof made up of 2500 pieces comes together on time. Crucially, they must drive one of their gigantic 1000-ton tunnel boring machines through the earth, passing within inches of escalators and an active subway tunnel, without the passengers on the tube platforms below ever knowing they are there. Join NOVA to plunge into the tunnels of the London Underground and follow this high stakes, action packed engineering endeavor, and discover just how engineers are performing this delicate surgery through the heart of the historic city.

 

Broadcast Credits

SERIES DIRECTOR
Joby Lubman
SERIES PRODUCER
Jane Fitzgerald
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Carlo Massarella
EDITED BY
Anne Tillyer
Mark Hanford
Kimaathi Spence
Paul Shepard
CAMERA
Mat Stimpson
Tom Dearden
NARRATED BY
Eric Meyers
ADDITIONAL DIRECTORS
Sam Knowles
Lee Reading
PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
Emma Herve
Ali Lewis
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Farne Sinclair
Sara Revell
Mel Moore
ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Farrah Jaufuraully
Steffen Bohnert
Henry Fraser
GRAPHICS
Fluid Pictures
EDIT ASSISTANT
Philip Michael
ONLINE EDITORS
Dicky Everton
Marc Corrance
Adam Grant
COLORISTS
Vicky Matich
Danny Wood
AUDIO MIX
Tom O’Pray
Mary Walsh
Bob Jackson
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
Ben Brooksbank
The Lurkers
NASA/Tony Gray and Kevin O'Connell
Pond 5
TFL Visual Services
Wellcome Library, London
SPECIAL THANKS
UNDERGROUND MAP © TRANSPORT FOR LONDON
For Windfall Films
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Birte Pedersen
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
Leesa Rumley
PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Sue Harvard
NOVA Series Graphics
yU + co.
NOVA Theme Music
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
Additional NOVA Theme Music
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
Closed Captioning
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
Spencer Gentry
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
RESEARCH
Diane Toomey
SENIOR SCIENCE RESEARCHER
Caitlin Saks
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Anne Barleon
Production Coordinator
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
Legal Counsel
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
RIGHTS MANAGER
Lauren Miller
BUSINESS MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Brittany Flynn
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Michael H. Amundson
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
DIRECTOR, BUSINESS OPERATIONS & FINANCE
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCER
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Julia Cort
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

A Windfall Films (part of the Argonon Group) Production for the BBC in association with NOVA

© 2016 Windfall Films (part of the Argonon Group)

All rights reserved

This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Montgomery Family Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

IMAGE:

Image credit: (tunnel construction at Paddington)
© Crossrail

Participants

Andy Alder
Project Manager
Ed Batty
Shift Engineer
Roy Butcher
Site Manager
Phil Duffy
Roof Build Supervisor
Peter Main
Project Manager
Linda Miller
Project Manager
Andy Mitchell
Crossrail Program Director
Tim Morrison
London Underground
Paul Osborne
Construction Manager
Ray Pallett
Lift Supervisor
Steve Parker
Western Tunnels Construction Manager
Alastair Pearce
London Underground
Adam Scott
Custodian House of St. Barnabas
David Wilde
Structural Engineer

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