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"A must-see" —The Times (U.K.) “Fascinating” —The Guardian (U.K.) Explore five of the globe’s most populous cities "A terrific subject" —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) Sprawling, noisy, and often downright dangerous, the world’s megacities buzz with energy and innovation. Today, there are more than 20 metropolises with over 10 million inhabitants. Some of them are sleek, modern, and high-tech; others filled with slums and blighted by poverty; all of them fragile places constantly on the edge. Together they are the greatest shift in human civilization since the birth of agriculture—and man’s biggest and most dangerous social experiment yet. BBC journalist Andrew Marr visits five megacities: one of the oldest (London, United Kingdom), the fastest growing (Dhaka, Bangladesh), the largest (Tokyo, Japan), among the most hazardous (Mexico City, Mexico), and one that considers itself the new world capital (Shanghai, China). Marr discovers how the cities’ structures define every aspect of their inhabitants’ daily lives, and how these great urban centers represent the human future of the planet.
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1.....LIVING IN THE CITY
What is the balance between efficiency and community in the largest cities? Shanghai bursts as Tokyo becomes isolated. Dhaka slums are not much different than other cities. Mexico City, king of crime, was found friendly by presenter Marr, but in the end he loves his London.
2.....CITIES ON THE EDGE
This segment looks at protection of millions in a single city from all manner of dangers--both man-made and natural (i.e. earthquakes). Marr investigates many methods to make city life safe. What new disasters lurk around the next skyscraper?
3.....SUSTAINING THE CITY
Transport infrastructure is the life blood--the arteries of megacities. Even the original waterways of the big cities can get congested. Old ideas could become the new solution. The problems of city travel are topped by the problems of food and what to do with 10-30 million people's daily waste material. Marr digs deep into this trash trouble.
A well filmed, modern documentary of the fast-pace, color, people and lights of large cities that even youth may enjoy.