The Bridges That Built London with Dan Cruickshank

The Bridges That Built London with Dan Cruickshank


In this absorbing film, Dan Cruickshank picks through the histories of the many bridges that have been built and demolished over the Thames across the centuries to explain their importance in the evolution of London as a city, a capital and a global port. As he scrabbles in the mud of the Thames for clues or pores over medieval documents, he highlights the significance of London’s bridges and draws on Conrad, Wordsworth, Dickens and TS Eliot for inspiration.


The historian 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, where archaeologists have recorded London's oldest bridge, and also learns about the legend of London Bridge, before reaching journey's end at the Millennium Bridge near St Paul's Cathedral.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dan Cruickshank
Producer David Wilson