Strip the City (2012– )

TV-PGTV Series60 min.Documentary
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SUMMARY
Stripping major cities naked of their steel, concrete, buildings, roads, rivers and bedrock - layer by layer - to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps them running. What stops Dubai's super tall skyscrapers - balanced on unstable sand - from toppling over? How can San Francisco survive - sitting on the edge of a major earthquake fault? And how did the ancient Romans build a city of a million people without modern technology? This series explores these and other mysteries, by peeling the glass off buildings, rolling back the tarmac on roads and sucking the water out of rivers to expose the hidden infrastructure beneath six major cities: London, Rome, Dubai, Sydney, Toronto and San Francisco. As we explore what lies beneath each metropolis we come face to face with the people who are instrumental in keeping these city alive and well - the engineers building and looking after the city's infrastructure. These characters are larger than life - with a huge passion and energy for what they do. We explore how engineers in London are updating its huge underground Metro network, how workers in San Francisco are building earthquake proof skyscrapers and bridges, and how buildings in Dubai can weather sandstorms and survive in the searing desert heat. Stunning CGI animation strips back the walls of buildings, sucks up expanses of ocean to expose sunken cities, and slices away slabs of rock to reveal the workings of volcanoes close-up. As we peel back the layers, we'll reveal an alien landscape of underground volcanoes, hidden rivers, subterranean cliffs, fragile fault lines, and ancient catacombs - geological wonders that play a surprising role shaping the cities and lives of the people above. This series reveals a world never seen before - an alien geological universe normally hidden under tarmac and concrete...a landscape of unprecedented wonder, turbulence and scale. 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. Written By Windfall  Less
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2 | 1 See all »
YEAR
2014 | 2012 See all »

Filmmakers (158)

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Cast

NAMESTARMETEREPISODE COUNTYEARS
  • Kavan Smith's primary photoKavan Smith Narrator  Less 4,316 14 2012–2014
  • Thom Kikot's primary photoThom Kikot Narrator  Less 534,454 10 2012–2014
  • Helen Cheyne's primary photoHelen Cheyne Herself - Speleologist  Less 4,692,819 1 2012
  • Nick Eyles's primary photoNick Eyles Himself - Geologist  Less 7,099,324 1 2012
  • Greg Hall's primary photoGreg Hall Himself - Marine Engineer  Less 2,739,216 1 2012
  • Clayton Alarie's primary photoClayton Alarie Himself - Excavation Manager  Less 2,952,668 1 2012
  • Silvia La Pergola's primary photoSilvia La Pergola Herself - Architectural Engineer  Less 5,155,788 1 2012
  • Vanessa O'Connell's primary photoVanessa O'Connell Herself - Hydrographic Surveyor  Less 4,464,984 1 2012
  • Tara Brown's primary photoTara Brown Herself - Geoscientist  Less 2,344,163 1 2012
  • Valerio Foti's primary photoValerio Foti Himself - Site Engineer, METRO C  Less 6,015,573 1 2012
  • Philip Holliday's primary photoPhilip Holliday Himself - Harbor Master  Less 6,822,760 1 2012
  • Guido Giordano's primary photoGuido Giordano Himself - Geologist  Less 1,309,958 1 2012
  • Andy Mackay's primary photoAndy Mackay Himself - Saltyard Superintendent  Less 5,852,036 1 2012
  • Andrew Marsonet's primary photoAndrew Marsonet Himself - Project Director  Less 2,898,978 1 2012
  • Brad Pilans's primary photoBrad Pilans Himself - Geologist  Less 6,689,223 1 2012
  • Inge Weustink's primary photoInge Weustink Herself - Speleologist  Less 8,388,041 1 2012
  • Rob Wilson's primary photoRob Wilson Himself - Salt Truck Driver  Less 6,064,669 1 2012
  • John Brown's primary photoJohn Brown Himself - Tunnel Engineer  Less 4,326,046 1 2012
  • Tony Laing's primary photoTony Laing Himself - Rix's Creek Colliery  Less 3,284,554 1 2012
  • Roberto Refrigeri's primary photoRoberto Refrigeri Himself - Electrical Engineer  Less 5,726,401 1 2012
  • Yvonne Kaiser-Glass's primary photoYvonne Kaiser-Glass Herself - Archaelogist, Sydney Water  Less 3,179,870 1 2012
  • Bryan Leslie's primary photoBryan Leslie Himself - Operations Director  Less 1,499,330 1 2012
  • Marco Orlandini's primary photoMarco Orlandini Himself - Mechanical Engineer  Less 5,408,243 1 2012
  • Peter Kowalski's primary photoPeter Kowalski Himself - River Control Manager  Less 6,206,812 1 2012
  • Ian Tanner's primary photoIan Tanner Himself - Sydney Catchment Authority  Less 7,602,384 1 2012
  • Jamie Beatty's primary photoJamie Beatty Himself - Drilling Engineer  Less 5,805,534 1 2012
  • Rick Everdell's primary photoRick Everdell Himself - Project Director  Less 5,384,463 1 2012
  • Peter Folino's primary photoPeter Folino Himself - Tunnel Supervisor  Less 2,290,876 1 2012
  • Lee Mallia's primary photoLee Mallia Himself - Project Leader  Less 3,689,863 1 2012
  • Michael D'Andrea's primary photoMichael D'Andrea Himself - Water Infrastructure Director  Less 7,930,300 1 2012
  • Brett Loughlin's primary photoBrett Loughlin Himself - New South Wales Rural Fire Service  Less 2,676,505 1 2012
  • Amanda Brown's primary photoAmanda Brown Herself - New South Wales Rural Fire Service  Less 1,050,233 1 2012
  • Gary Webley's primary photoGary Webley Himself - Works Manager  Less 2,264,987 1 2012
  • Thomas Bell-Wright's primary photoThomas Bell-Wright Himself - Civil Engineer  Less 5,745,236 1 2012
  • Roger Bilham's primary photoRoger Bilham Himself - University of Colorado  Less 620,571 1 2012
  • Bram Boot's primary photoBram Boot Himself - Engineer, Gulf Cobla  Less 4,385,242 1 2012
  • Don Douglas's primary photoDon Douglas Himself - Helicopter Pilot  Less 7,918,004 1 2012
  • Sarel Du Plessis's primary photoSarel Du Plessis Himself - Health & Safety Manager, Burj Al Arab  Less 3,993,470 1 2012
  • Basil Georgakopoulos's primary photoBasil Georgakopoulos Himself - Project Manager, Lamprell  Less 5,183,029 1 2012
  • Kathryn Goodenough's primary photoKathryn Goodenough Herself - British Geological Survey  Less 7,778,657 1 2012
  • George Hilley's primary photoGeorge Hilley Himself - Geologist, Stanford University  Less 2,313,436 1 2012
  • Brendan Jack's primary photoBrendan Jack Himself - Head of Sustainability, Nakheel  Less 6,704,405 1 2012
  • Kenneth Johnson's primary photoKenneth Johnson Himself - Geological Engineer  Less 5,550,854 1 2012
  • Valeri Karneev's primary photoValeri Karneev Himself - Geophysicist  Less 2,818,927 1 2012
  • Aqil Kazim's primary photoAqil Kazim Himself - Chief Commercial Officer, Nakheel  Less 4,314,789 1 2012
  • Nasr Nasr's primary photoNasr Nasr Himself - General Manager - Projects, Damac  Less 1,455,221 1 2012
  • Bart Ney's primary photoBart Ney Himself - Bay Bridge  Less 819,792 1 2012
  • Doug Peterson's primary photoDoug Peterson Himself - Chief Engineer  Less 3,175,422 1 2012
  • Lori Simpson's primary photoLori Simpson Herself - Geotechnical Engineer  Less 3,542,903 1 2012
  • Andy Snyder's primary photoAndy Snyder Himself - US Geological Survey  Less 4,048,041 1 2012
  • Phil Stevens's primary photoPhil Stevens Himself - San Francisco Fire Department  Less 2,553,982 1 2012
  • John Zwets's primary photoJohn Zwets Himself - Chief Development Officer, Tameer  Less 928,292 1 2012
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