Wednesday 30 March 2011

Unfinished London (by Jay Foreman, not me)

I can't take any credit what so ever for the following videos, I'm merely spreading the awesomeness.

I stumbled across this two-part (so far) documentary series one evening and was absolutely astounded by how interesting and entertaining Mr Foreman had managed to make modern London history, and the history of town planning! (there's not even a mention of Smigielski's non-monorail :O)

Is it just me that finds unfinished plans for the London tube fascinating? Or the reason why the M25 wiggles about so much entertaining? Perhaps it is, but this guy portrays the 'boring' facts using a clown and Patrick Abercrombie killing himself with slapstick. What's not to love?

It's clear that these 10 minute documentaries weren't made cheaply (I don't know how much you have to pay a cameraman to shin up a lamppost in the middle of the motorway, but it has to be a fair amount), but there're no funding logos, no endorsements, nothing saying 'funded by us!!' It looks like Jay Foreman has done it by himself, because he wanted to. Rock on.

Someone give this man a BBC History contract!!