Filthy Cities

TV Show (2011)

Filthy Cities
Dan Snow embarks on a grime-filled journey through the histories of three of the world's leading modern cities.
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Latest Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Industrial New York

    Dan Snow experiences what New York was like at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Millions fled to escape the persecution, poverty and famine of 19th-century Europe, only to be confronted by living conditions worse than those they had left behind. He explores the overcrowded slums of Lower Manhattan, which were a breeding ground for cholera and typhoid, and has a go at cooking using clothes dye and floor cleaner - ingredients that were added to meals to disguise the smell of spoiled meat. He also discovers how certain feats of engineering transformed not only the city, but the world

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Revolutionary Paris

    Dan Snow heads for 18th-century Paris to discover how the insanitary living conditions endured by its poorest residents helped bring about the French Revolution. He visits a perfumer to re-create some of the city's unsavoury smells, and finds out what happened to the thousands of bodies that overflowed from cemeteries during the Terror of 1793. He also tries his hand at tanning leather the traditional way - using dog faeces and urine

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Medieval London

    Dan Snow embarks on a grime-filled journey through the histories of three of the world's leading modern cities. He begins with London, using CGI footage and re-enactments to experience life in the capital in the 14th century. He spends a night as a medieval muck-raker, and tries on a pair of wooden platform shoes designed to elevate the wearer above the filth that covered the streets

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