7/7: One Day In London Review

July 2, 2012 by  
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7/7 – ONE DAY IN LONDON: Monday 2nd July, BBC2, 9pm

The opening of 7/7: One Day in London suggests a few reasons why so many people flock to London each year. For one of the documentary’s participants, our nation’s capital is a place where you can lose your identity and be anybody you want to. For another, it’s a symbol of cultural diversity: a whole world gathered in one city, one with a rich and historical heritage.

All of the people featured here were affected by the London bombings, but the documentary doesn’t open in the mournful way that you’d expect it to. First we’re introduced to the people who were involved and learn why they were in London on 7th July 2005 — the day after the city won the Olympic bid — and how they ended up taking the journey that changed their lives so profoundly.

One of the victims, Kathy, tells the camera that she decided to go into work half an hour earlier that day and wonders how things could have so easily been very different. Another lady, who was on the same train, says that she caught the train because she couldn’t be bothered to run for the earlier one.

The participants are tremendously brave when speaking about their experiences. One man, Tim, recalls how he tried to help a man who had been propelled so forcefully into his chair that his body had been separated at the waist into two parts. There’s also a woman named Martine, who very calmly explains how it felt to lose her legs in the blast and remembers seeing her bloodied trainer lying amid the wreckage.

We also hear from victims families, amongst them the mother and father of a young man named David, who was one of 52 fatalities that day. They look through photo albums and give viewers an idea of what kind of person he was, explaining how proud they were of their 22-year-old son for starting his professional life in London.

It’s incredibly moving, but the documentary doesn’t set out to shock or upset; it simply tells the stories of the people who were victims of the attacks. This, we’re told by one of the survivors, is the story of how tragedy brought together a group of strangers and how these horrific events helped unite Londoners.

7/7: One Day in London is respectful and far more positive and informative than you might have imagined, becoming less about catastrophe and much more about the bravery of city that was attacked.

Dave says:

Brilliantly handled documentary, on a very sensitive subject! Had me in tears

Steve says:

Let me get this straight. Because the safety procedures and mechanisms in place were not sufficient and caused delays in aiding the wounded and the fac the govt did not act sufficiently after the fire of ’87, the government is wholly to blame for all the people who lost their lives, and nothing to do with the men who strapped explosives to themselves with an intent on killing as many innocent people as possible?

You would also like to point out the blast pattern (unexplained holes) that was not investigated fully is proof that the suicide bombers did not deliberately detonate the bombs killing all these innocent people?

I never feel the need to resort to name calling in comment sections online, despite the barrage or stupidity out there, but you sir are the most cretinous imbecile I have ever had the misfortune to come across.

Did you even watch the documentary the article writes about? How on earth you can sit there and spout such nonsense is an insult to the 52 people who’s lives were cut horribly short on their way to an ordinary day at work.

Brian Sides says:

The program ’7/7: One Day in London started by with an on screen reference to Suicide Bombers but is this a fact or an opinion.
The alleged bomber have not been tried in a court of law. All governments to date have refused relatives of victims the public enquiry they have been demanding.
Despite Tony Blair saying in the house of parliament that all evidence would be released. This has not happened and very many legitimate freedom of information requests have been denied. The relatives of the alleged bombers have been refused an inquest.
At the end of the inquest into those killed not including the alleged bombers Lady Justice Hallett concluded that there was no doubt regarding the guilt of the alleged bombers even though an inquest is not supposed to apportion blame. But she could not have been paying attention to all of the evidence presented in the inquest
The program featured the very brave off-duty police officer Elizabeth Kenworthy. During the Inquest she presented a drawing of the train floor showing major disruption and a number of large holes. She gave harrowing testimony of how she tried to help a victim that had been impaled on metal that had bent up from the floor. Other witness gave testimony on oath and produced drawings showing multiple large holes in the train floors and metal bent upwards. With Testimony from a number of witnesses that had fallen into these holes. The Inquest did not try to explain how a single bomb could have made multiple large holes spread out tens of yards apart.
The program highlighted some of the failings in the trains emergency lighting lack of first aid equipment , poor communications and poor coordination of emergency services as correctly identified by Lady Justice Hallett at the end of the Inquest. But did not reference the Kings Cross fire in 1987 where 31 people lost there lives. The subsequent investigations into the Kings Cross fire highlighted the same shortcomings as would occur again in 2005.
I have lost a brother in tragic circumstances so I sympathies with the victims