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London taxi driver takes on Mumbai traffic

8 March 2013 Last updated at 00:13 GMT

Mason McQueen is the archetypal London cab driver. He lives in a comfortable home in Essex with his wife and daughter, knows the capital's streets like the back of his hand, and never stops talking.

But he was almost lost for words when he went to India to share the life of taxi driver Pradeep Sharma, who lives in a tiny shack with his extended family and drives a cab without air conditioning in the stifling heat of Mumbai's legendary traffic jams.

In the first part of a new BBC documentary series, Mr McQueen had a go at driving a cab in Mumbai, where he had to take on the heat, the traffic and the fierce competition from auto-rickshaws.

Watch Toughest Place To Be A….Taxi Driver, Sunday, 10 March, 21:00 GMT, BBC Two and for seven days afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.