Secret Life of the Airport

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History Documentary hosted by Philip Glenister, published by BBC in 2009 - English narration

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The Secret Life of the Airport documents the rise of mass air travel, starting with a look at the advent of commercial air travel through to the dropping of prices and the rise of mass air tourism. Once, all cities aspired to having their own cathedral. Now, they want an airport and 44 public airports are now in use in Britain. The series looks at how the system of airports developed, and how they have transformed people's attitudes towards travel and made long distance travel more widely available. Series charts the airports and how they have transformed the country, in the process creating both freedom and fear. A social history of how airports came into being, the series is also an affectionate and entertaining look at how we got used to living with them and the ways in which they changed us.

[edit] Preparing for Take Off

This part navigates from the heady, imperial glamour of Britain's first airport terminal at Croydon to the internationally-agreed hieroglyphics on today's taxiways and runways. Using rare archive and access to airports' hidden corners, it reveals the intense local rivalry, skulduggery and sheer passion for flight behind our airports. Contributors include architect Lord Foster, philosopher and author Alain de Botton, veterans of Britain's interwar airports and a 'wildlife control co-ordinator', talking about how, in 100 years, the muddy airfield became the 24-hour airport.

[edit] Joining the Jet Set

This part explores the golden age of jet travel, when 'money, tickets, passport' became the mantra of the moving masses. Using rare archive and contributions from early travellers and airport workers, it looks at how airports expanded our horizons and the repercussions that these gateways of the globe had for British society. Contributors include Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic and author Sarfraz Manzoor.

[edit] The Final Approach

The final part takes us from the open, easily accessible airport of late 1960s to one besieged by present day security procedures and climate protesters. Using rare archive and eye-witness accounts, it reveals the events that have shaped our experience and view of the modern airport. Contributors include Lord Foster, Jonathan Glancey and Will Self.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@L3.0
Video Bitrate: 1 404 Kbps
Video Resolution: 832 x 468
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: AAC
Audio Bitrate: 125kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 59mn 0s
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 648 MiB
Source: iPlayer
Ripped by: l0thar@a.b.documentaries

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