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Strip the City (2012– )

TV-PG
TV Series | 60 min | Documentary

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 - ...See moreStripping 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 See less
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Updated Oct 11, 2012

Release date (First episode)
Oct 11, 2012 (Canada)

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52 cast members
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Kavan Smith
Narrator Narrator   See fewer
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Thom Kikot
Narrator Narrator   See fewer
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Helen Cheyne
Herself - Speleologist Herself - Speleologist   See fewer
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1
Nick Eyles
Himself - Geologist Himself - Geologist   See fewer
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1
Greg Hall
Himself - Marine Engineer Himself - Marine Engineer   See fewer
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1
Clayton Alarie
Himself - Excavation Manager Himself - Excavation Manager   See fewer
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1
Silvia La Pergola
Herself - Architectural Engineer Herself - Architectural Engineer   See fewer
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1
Vanessa O'Connell
Herself - Hydrographic Surveyor Herself - Hydrographic Surveyor   See fewer
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1
Tara Brown
Herself - Geoscientist Herself - Geoscientist   See fewer
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1
Valerio Foti
Himself - Site Engineer, METRO C Himself - Site Engineer, METRO C   See fewer
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Philip Holliday
Himself - Harbor Master Himself - Harbor Master   See fewer
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1
Guido Giordano
Himself - Geologist Himself - Geologist   See fewer
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Andy Mackay
Himself - Saltyard Superintendent Himself - Saltyard Superintendent   See fewer
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Andrew Marsonet
Himself - Project Director Himself - Project Director   See fewer
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1
Brad Pilans
Himself - Geologist Himself - Geologist   See fewer
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1
Inge Weustink
Herself - Speleologist Herself - Speleologist   See fewer
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1
Rob Wilson
Himself - Salt Truck Driver Himself - Salt Truck Driver   See fewer
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1
John Brown
Himself - Tunnel Engineer Himself - Tunnel Engineer   See fewer
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1
Tony Laing
Himself - Rix's Creek Colliery Himself - Rix's Creek Colliery   See fewer
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1
Roberto Refrigeri
Himself - Electrical Engineer Himself - Electrical Engineer   See fewer
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1
Yvonne Kaiser-Glass
Herself - Archaelogist, Sydney Water Herself - Archaelogist, Sydney Water   See fewer
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Bryan Leslie
Himself - Operations Director Himself - Operations Director   See fewer
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1
Marco Orlandini
Himself - Mechanical Engineer Himself - Mechanical Engineer   See fewer
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Peter Kowalski
Himself - River Control Manager Himself - River Control Manager   See fewer
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Ian Tanner
Himself - Sydney Catchment Authority Himself - Sydney Catchment Authority   See fewer
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Jamie Beatty
Himself - Drilling Engineer Himself - Drilling Engineer   See fewer
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Rick Everdell
Himself - Project Director Himself - Project Director   See fewer
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Peter Folino
Himself - Tunnel Supervisor Himself - Tunnel Supervisor   See fewer
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Lee Mallia
Himself - Project Leader Himself - Project Leader   See fewer
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Michael D'Andrea
Himself - Water Infrastructure Director Himself - Water Infrastructure Director   See fewer
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Brett Loughlin
Himself - New South Wales Rural Fire Service Himself - New South Wales Rural Fire Service   See fewer
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Amanda Brown
Herself - New South Wales Rural Fire Service Herself - New South Wales Rural Fire Service   See fewer
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Gary Webley
Himself - Works Manager Himself - Works Manager   See fewer
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Thomas Bell-Wright
Himself - Civil Engineer Himself - Civil Engineer   See fewer
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Roger Bilham
Himself - University of Colorado Himself - University of Colorado   See fewer
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Bram Boot
Himself - Engineer, Gulf Cobla Himself - Engineer, Gulf Cobla   See fewer
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Don Douglas
Himself - Helicopter Pilot Himself - Helicopter Pilot   See fewer
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Sarel Du Plessis
Himself - Health & Safety Manager, Burj Al Arab Himself - Health & Safety Manager, Burj Al Arab   See fewer
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Basil Georgakopoulos
Himself - Project Manager, Lamprell Himself - Project Manager, Lamprell   See fewer
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Kathryn Goodenough
Herself - British Geological Survey Herself - British Geological Survey   See fewer
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George Hilley
Himself - Geologist, Stanford University Himself - Geologist, Stanford University   See fewer
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Brendan Jack
Himself - Head of Sustainability, Nakheel Himself - Head of Sustainability, Nakheel   See fewer
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Kenneth Johnson
Himself - Geological Engineer Himself - Geological Engineer   See fewer
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Valeri Karneev
Himself - Geophysicist Himself - Geophysicist   See fewer
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Aqil Kazim
Himself - Chief Commercial Officer, Nakheel Himself - Chief Commercial Officer, Nakheel   See fewer
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Nasr Nasr
Himself - General Manager - Projects, Damac Himself - General Manager - Projects, Damac   See fewer
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Bart Ney
Himself - Bay Bridge Himself - Bay Bridge   See fewer
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Doug Peterson
Himself - Chief Engineer Himself - Chief Engineer   See fewer
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Lori Simpson
Herself - Geotechnical Engineer Herself - Geotechnical Engineer   See fewer
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Andy Snyder
Himself - US Geological Survey Himself - US Geological Survey   See fewer
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Phil Stevens
Himself - San Francisco Fire Department Himself - San Francisco Fire Department   See fewer
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John Zwets
Himself - Chief Development Officer, Tameer Himself - Chief Development Officer, Tameer   See fewer
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8.4 / 10 | 153 votes