Do you have to dodge the contents of bedpans or step over rotting corpses on your way to work? Well, you may have had to if you’d lived in London, New York or Paris when they were filthy cities…
Dan Snow’s series brings to life the murky histories of these great cities, taking the travelogue in a new direction as he excavates their dirty pasts in gruesome detail during defining periods in history.
Using state-of -the- art CGI, he goes back in time to medieval London, revolutionary Paris and 19th-century New York. What he reveals is that the story of our epic battle against filth through the ages is also the story of the birth of the modern metropolis.
Filthy Cities ‘Medieval London‘ – airs at 8 pm
Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London’s streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner – wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot.
Filthy Cities ‘Revolutionary Paris’ – airs at 8:55 pm
Just 200 years ago Paris was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this program historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city – Pong de Paris.
Filthy Cities ‘Industrial New York’ – airs at 9:50 pm
With ground breaking CGI historian Dan Snow travels back to a seething Manhattan in the throws of the industrial revolution. Millions fled persecution, poverty and famine in Europe in the 19th century in search of the Promised Land. When they arrived what they found was even worse than what they’d left behind.