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The BBC television series Britain from Above [bbc.co.uk] has already been mentioned in a post in August last year. In short, these television series comprise an "epic journey revealing the secrets, patterns and hidden rhythms of our lives from a striking new perspective".

Unfortunately, back then, almost all available online clips were blocked for people living outside of the UK. However, the BBC recently finally put some short clips up as a YouTube playlist for all to see (although we are still not allowed to admire taxis roaming around in London for some strange reason).

Infosthetics wanted to spare you much repetitive clicking (choosing individual clips, selecting "high quality", etc.) by putting all the available movies, in the highest quality Youtube allows, on a single webpage below.

If you are still hungry for more, check out the videos on the original BBC "Britain from Above" website, which now seem to run for people outside of the UK (the visualization category can be found here, and the taxis video seems to work fine). Alternatively, there is a BBC book [amazon.com] and a separate photo book [amazon.com]. Unfortunately, the DVD [amazon.co.uk] can currently only be shipped from the UK.


Ships Crossing the Channel

Air Traffic over Britain

Mapping Information

Flying High

Cranes, Cargo and Containers

The British From Above

The Ride of Your Life

Looking Down

Underground and Overground

The Lights of Britain


You can see the Taxi one on the BBC site (at least from here in the US):


Fri 09 Jan 2009 at 5:39 PM

Yep, as was mentioned in the original post. :)...

Fri 09 Jan 2009 at 5:42 PM

Those first few are what I wish "Flight Patterns" was. They're super evocative.

Sat 10 Jan 2009 at 1:20 PM

I wonder, how a "from above" view of the requests to watch the documentaries from everywhere around the world would look like and would also be interested in the internet backbone network and the connections from GBritain to the world. How much data flows to where over what kind of connection and when are the peak times?

Mon 12 Jan 2009 at 2:02 PM
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