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History of London [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Dec. 2013
  • Run Time: 463 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FJ4V56A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,540 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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LONDON A Tale of Two Cities: Dan Cruickshank explores one of the most dramatic centuries in the history of London. Using two remarkable surveys written at either end of this momentous century he discovers how a combination of innovation, ambition and sheer spirit of enterprise saw Londoners thrive. The Bridges That Built London: Dan Cruickshank explores the city s Thames crossings, discovering there is much more to them than simply a means of getting from one place to another. Beginning in the marshes of the estuary, he moves upstream to Vauxhall before reaching the Millennium Bridge near St Paul s Cathedral. PETER ACKROYD S THAMES: It is one of the world s most famous rivers and the reason that London exists. Author Peter Ackroyd introduces the River Thames a symbol of eternity, in its unending cycle of movement and change. With a fascinating history that tells the story of England itself and in this fascinating series he looks at the Thames in all its moods. English Heritage - Kings Cross: Everywhere we look history is around us. English Heritage act as the guardian s of the nation s history and are charged with preserving and maintaining over 350,000 historic and listed buildings, ruins and castles. This programme looks at a new project at Kings Cross Station. Suggs Dissappearing London: Madness lead singer and presenter Graham Suggs McPherson sets off on a journey through London to celebrate the endangered buildings and open spaces which give the capital its special charm and unique character. THE TALLEST TOWER BUILDING THE SHARD: The Shard is one of London s most dominant landmarks. Filmed over four years, The Tallest Tower: Building the Shard provides exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this architectural journey, and the story of one man s desire to leave a lasting mark on the capital.

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This is an interesting anthology of several different TV documentaries, all with the central (but flexible) theme of London's history which stretches to encompass an awful lot of architecture -- old buildings of note, new buildings as they are created, lost buildings which have vanished over the centuries. The importance of the Thames and how it affected the development of the city forms the focus of a couple of the programmes.
These programmes aren't from one coherent planned series, so there's a fair degree of overlap and repetition between them -- but we also get different viewpoints on the same situation from the different historians and presenters. The style of some of the presenters may not please everyone (OK, I prefer Dan Cruickshank to Suggs...) but the content is varied, accessible and informative.

It's a neat collection. Lots of viewing in one inexpensive bundle. I doubt there will be any great surprises for people who already know the background to London's rise and sprawl, but there's lots of interesting snippets.
7/10
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A great selection of histories by various people like Dan Cruickshank and Peter Ackroyd. Even Suggs (from Madness) is good. The English Heritage one is informative but a bit bland unless, like me, you are interested in that subject
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This DVD is a selection of several different documentaries, rather than a set of episodes from one series. As a result there's both greater diversity in presenters and styles but also some overlap between different shows. Something best watched spaced out rather than in a concentrated DVD binge, therefore.
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I have only had time to view the first one (well there are six!) but seem excellent quality, very interesting and amazing Value for money. Loads more to view throughout the winter months. Would recommend.
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Wanted londons bridges by Dan Cruickshank selling for 9.99 bought this box set instead because London's Bridges is included.
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