Series 2 Episode 1
Tuesday 10 May 2022
The Siddy And Timmy Show - Part 1
Affable and knowledgeable Tim Dunn is joined by Siddy Holloway (Engagement Manager at Transport for London) in presenting the second series of these intriguing programmes. As might be expected for a "digital channel" the budget was obviously not high. Quality is not always of the best.
fbb gave up watching the last series because it was so banal - but then it is not really aimed at people who have some knowledge of the subject. But it can be frustrating to watch something that is incomplete or, occasionally, less than accurate!
Anyway, we were taken to the delights of Charing Cross Underground station and in particular the now unused Jubilee Line platforms.
Even without the "grey" Jubilee Line ...
... running beyond the full length of the station. It would have been revealing to see, via a diagram rather than inadequate words, how the three stations fitted together, and, even better, take a virtual walk along the spooky passage! But, no doubt, the budget would not stretch to clever graphics.
Of course, when those platforms were open you could go down the escalators to the Jubilee circulating level ...
... and up the escalators to the Bakerloo at the other end.
Or would you?
Siddy and Timmy did go on (virtually) to the station south of Charing Cross and explain that there used to be a "turning loop" at Embankment (using today's name - WAS Charing Cross before the changes.) The Northern Line (West End Branch) terminated there for a while before being extended to Kennington.
... the original has been restored to Embankment.
The 1956 artiste was actor Oswald Laurence. Oswald died in 2007 and his widow sought solace by sitting on Embankment station platform and listening to "The Voice", her husband's voice. She requested a recording for herself, duly gifted. But her "voice" changed!
After a few technical problems, London Underground has re-instated Oswald's voice at Embankment in tribute to their marriage and his widow's memories.
So Dr Margaret McCollum (who kept her maiden name for professional reasons) can, once again, sit on a bench on the platform and hear her husband's voice.
A lovely love story with a happy ending!
Timmy and Siddy did not tell us that!
Tomorrow : Siddy goes solo.
The series continues on "Yesterday" on Thursdays at 8pm or streamed on UKTVPlay. This week's episode is entitled "Waterloo and City".
Thanks to Isle of Wight Alan for pointing out that the "two tone" car (see yesterday's blog) is a Renault Captur.Snippet 2
What happens when you join the two wagons above together? Answer coming soon.
Next Siddy And Timmy blog : Weds 11th May