The Indispensibles



Lynne Truss returns for a third series in which she examines the revolutionary impact of everyday objects.

1/3. The Safety Lift

It was invented over 150 years ago by Elisha Otis, but the ramifications of safe vertical transport are still being felt today. Buildings are higher, while life is increasingly faster due to continued advances in elevator technology. At least that's how the PR argument would have it.

The everyday experience of a lift is quite the opposite - they seem to have minds of their own, take forever to arrive and then stop suspended between floors. Lynne Truss takes a tongue in cheek look at how this has provided endless material for fiction writers, directors of horror films and television comedy from Stanley Kubrick to Tony Hancock.