Channel 4: 7/7 Series

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Channel 4: 7/7 Series

Mark Gobell
Joined: 19 Dec 2006, 15:26

01 Jul 2008, 20:20 #1

7/7 Series

The London Underground is renowned for its reserved commuters who travel anonymously everyday, detached from those around them. However, on 7 July 2005, for just a few hours, compassion and courage prevailed as ordinary men and women, caught up in the single worst terrorist attack ever inflicted on the network, came to one another's aid.

These two Channel 4 films commemorate the third anniversary of the London bombings by telling the extraordinary stories of survival and rescues which emerged from the wreckage of the disaster. The films include moving accounts and interviews with survivors, rescuers and witnesses, many of whom have not spoken publicly since the aftermath of that fateful day.

Bookmark this page for the stories of some of the remarkable people involved in this fateful day.

7/7: The Miracle of Carriage 346
Channel 4 Monday 7 July 9pm

The 7/7 terrorist attack cost 52 lives as well as the 4 bombers, and injured several hundred more. Carriage 346, the front carriage on the Piccadilly Line bombed between Kings Cross and Russell Square was the most devastating attack of all. 26 died in this deep level tube disaster, where the effects of the bomb blast were most deadly and where the emergency services found it most difficult to rescue survivors deep underground. It was a miracle that the loss of life was not far greater.

7/7: The Angels of Edgware Road
Channel 4 Sunday 13 July

Tim Coulson

The London transport system is renowned for its anonymity. It is a place where strangers avoid each other's gaze let alone speak to one another. Then on 7/7, commuters on their way to work suddenly and spontaneously showed their compassion and love for each other.

The actions of the suicide bombers unexpectedly invoked the Blitz spirit, old-fashioned British values of physical courage, camaraderie and the stiff upper lip that were thought to have long disappeared. That they should emerge so strongly in Britain's most multicultural city was also a big surprise. This extraordinary reaction was best exemplified at Edgware Road where passengers and passers-by risked injury and death to try to save the lives of strangers. In its darkest hour, Edgware Road was blessed with the spirit of angels.

This is the story of the heroic actions of people caught up in the Edgware Road tube disaster and features an emotional reunion as the climax to the film.

David Gardiner, his wife Angela and their son

At 8.50am, on July 7 2005 Mohammad Sidique Khan prepared to detonate a bomb on Circle Line train number 216 just as it entered a tunnel outside Edgware Road station, headed west for Paddington. Sitting close by, oblivious to any danger was South African David Gardiner, an amateur playwright with the Hampstead Players, who was rehearsing his lines for Julius Caesar when the bomb went off. He remembers flying across the carriage before landing on the floor with his leg crushed and gushing with blood. He was rescued by fellow South African Jason Rennie, a complete stranger who happened to be standing a few feet from him. Jason was not badly injured and he helped David tourniquet his leg, then held his hand and kept him talking so that he wouldn't lapse into a coma. They spoke of their shared homeland and of David's family who he was desperate to get back to see. David thought he was dying and told Jason to tell his wife Angela how much he loved her. He eventually survived, though he lost his leg. The film witnesses an emotional reunion between Jason and David with his wife and four-year-old.

Tim Coulson

The film also features the extraordinary story of Tim Coulson, who led the rescue attempt into the bombed carriage. He was in the stationary train opposite and smashed the window before jumping through. He recounts movingly how he held a man, who had been blown through the carriage floor, and said a prayer for him as he died. Then he helped save the life of Alison, a young office worker who was badly injured; an act for which he recently received a bravery award. A year after the bombing Tim began having horrendous flashbacks to the day and had to retire. He has no regrets about the actions he took as a passenger, inspired by a profound religious belief to help others in need.

Susannah Pell

Susannah Pell, a young arts graduate was on her way to her first day's work experience at Christie's. She was in the next carriage to the one bombed but she was still blown unconscious by the blast and badly cut.

Despite this, when she heard the screams from the injured and dying she made her way down towards the worst hit area and began tending to the wounded, applying tourniquets and helping stem the flow of blood amongst the injured. She had no knowledge of first aid, but as the daughter of two doctors she felt she had to do something to help.

Six people were killed in the bombing at Edgware Road and 163 others were injured. Had it not been for the prompt actions of the Angels of Edgware Road many more of those injured would have lost their lives.

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numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

01 Jul 2008, 21:11 #2

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7/7: The Miracle of Carriage 346
Channel 4 Monday 7 July 9pm

The 7/7 terrorist attack cost 52 lives as well as the 4 bombers, and injured several hundred more. Carriage 346, the front carriage on the Piccadilly Line bombed between Kings Cross and Russell Square was the most devastating attack of all.
Car 346 is still trundling up and down the Piccadilly line.
The Piccadilly Line train, as Clive Feather advised and as was posted here by prole, consisted of the following vehicles: 166-566-366-417-617-217, and the first carriage of that train - the carriage that was bombed - was car 166.
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Mark Townsend has a lot to answer for.
Follow the numbers.
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Mark Gobell
Joined: 19 Dec 2006, 15:26

02 Jul 2008, 08:30 #3

So car 346A did not form part of the train that was involved in the Piccadilly Line incident ?

The Clive Feather link is broken.
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numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

02 Jul 2008, 09:25 #4

Mark Gobell @ Jul 2 2008, 09:30 AM wrote: So car 346A did not form part of the train that was involved in the Piccadilly Line incident ?

The Clive Feather link is broken.
The train was 166-566-366-417-617-217.
Follow the numbers.
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

02 Jul 2008, 09:32 #5

Mark Gobell @ Jul 2 2008, 08:30 AM wrote:So car 346A did not form part of the train that was involved in the Piccadilly Line incident ?

The Clive Feather link is broken.
Clive Feather

FOI request to TfL re: carriage numbers
The carriages in which the bombs exploded (166, 6713 and 6505) have been scrapped and disposed of securely due to the damage caused.

A further 17 carriages were affected by the blasts at Aldgate, Edgware Road and King's Cross;  the carriage numbers were 5558, 6558, 6523, 5523, 5505, 5593, 6593, 5713,  6548, 5548, 6732, 5732,  366, 566, 217, 417, and 617.

There is not a carriage 346A.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti
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Mark Gobell
Joined: 19 Dec 2006, 15:26

02 Jul 2008, 09:35 #6

Thanks Numeral and Bridget.

I found the thread and read the responses to your FOI's and Clive Feather's.

So, we have a Channel 4 "documentary" about a carriage that didn't exist.

I don't know what to say...
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justthefacts
Joined: 05 Jul 2007, 02:18

02 Jul 2008, 11:16 #7

Why does it involve a miracle anyway? Why does everything have to be Islamist, Christ-like or miraculous?
But Duncan, what men believe isn't important - it's our actions which make us right or wrong. - Alasdair Gray - Lanark
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