Ghosts on the Underground

More than one billion people use London underground annually, yet few of them know just how haunted the tube really is. We investigate the supernatural secrets of the oldest underground network in the world. Our hair-raising journey takes us through the graves, church crypts and plague pits that tube tunnels have disrupted. We hear the startling stories of the men and women who work one hundred and fifty feet below our capital’s pavements; we also scrutinise the network’s amazing architecture and exceptional engineering.

This remarkable programme enables us to survey one of the most familiar environments in London from a radical and chilling perspective.We hear the supernatural stories of London Underground staff members who man the echoing stations and tunnels at night, long after the commuters have disappeared. For the first time on camera, drivers and station staff discuss their unexplainable subterranean experiences, outlining the effect that the incidents have had on them.

They reveal terrifying tales of encounters with phantom passengers on empty trains resting in holding tunnels. They also report seeing spectral commuters on disused platforms, and phantasmal figures on security cameras in closed down stations in the early hours of the morning. We hear from the ‘trackwalkers’ who walk miles of pitch black tunnels alone each night, and look at the ghoulish photographs that have baffled countless experts.

Our journey allows us to delve into the obscure nooks and crannies of the network. We look at the London Underground’s astounding architecture, revealing the often overlooked beauty of the world’s largest underground network. This ghoulishly gripping documentary will shed a frightful new light on your ‘boring’ daily commute.

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  1. I had a creepy experience (I think) at Regent’s Park Station last January. My husband and I are from Canada, and were staying in London for a month on vacation. We’d purchased Oyster cards so we could get around easily. I frequently went out on my own, taking my camera and getting “lost” in the city. I had spent the day in Marylebone and was on my way to the flat er’d rented in Kensington. It was after sunset, probably around 6 or 7 pm. I’m sure I was at Regent’s Park but I could be wrong–I kind of blocked the memory out. All I remember was that it was dark and the station entrance was on a busy street with no surface buildings, and it was a spiral staircase leading down. I opened the door and started down, and heard the door slam behind me. I had made it around one or two bends when I heard the door open again, and the sound of the traffic for a moment and then the door slamming shut again, followed by footsteps. I was a bit nervous about being followed and just generally didn’t like the idea of someone being behind me so I picked up my pace, and heard the footsteps behind me keeping up. Scuffling sounds, like gravel crunching beneath shoes…and it echoed through the tiled stairwell. I don’t remember how long it took to reach the bottom but by the end of it was racing and dizzy trying to get down fast enough. I reached the bottom and in a fit of panic and wheeled around to confront the person I thought was following me, but no one was there. The footsteps had stopped too. It was totally silent. I thought maybe the person behind me had stopped when I stopped but why would someone do that? I hadn’t imagined it, I’m sure, and it wasn’t like it could have been an echo of my own footsteps or from me closing the door. I was terrified. I don’t remember if there were more stairs or a lift to get down to the station platform or if I was already there. I don’t even remember how I got home–I needed to transfer to the Circle or District Line in order to get to Kensington High Street to meet my husband, but I have no recollection of making that transfer. I was just so scared and still a bit shaken when he met up with me…

    Watching thus documentary brought that memory back for me very vividly! I have goosebumps now when I think about it. Whether I was being followed or it was something paranormal, it’s still so creepy!

  2. Very cool and a little creepy….ghost make perfect sence. Why wouldn’t such things exsists? Or is the world still flat?

  3. An interesting doc. Made my hair stand up. Would like to hear of more recent encounters.

  4. Even as a skeptic and atheist,I enjoyed this documentary.It reminds us,that there are still things to explore.

  5. Really really great.

  6. infra sound ? whats that got to do with this topic

  7. great documentary i shit my pants

  8. This is a lovely documentary – I don’t believe in ghosts myself but enjoy a good ghost story. The Tube is an extraordinary place, very atmospheric, and I’m not surprised it lends itself to spooky tales. I’m glad to see that some attempt has been made by the programme’s makers to find an explanation for some of the happenings we hear of on screen.