History of London [DVD]
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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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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.