London: 2,000 Years of History

London: 2,000 Years of History

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

If there was a prize for Most Bombastic Soundtrack, then we’d have a winner right here. Honestly, it’s an aerial shot of the Gherkin, not a fight scene from Transformers. Can we dial the volume down a bit? Also, if you want to spotlight all the power and splendour that the capital has to offer, it’s probably best not to start with construction footage of the much-delayed Crossrail.

But putting these niggles to one side, this new four-parter – presented by Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb and Rob Bell – does serve as a decent entry-point guide to London, particularly if you want to introduce a child to the basics of Boudicca, Roman bridge-building and the Vikings.

Summary

Historians Dan Jones and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and engineer Rob Bell explore how London faced daring invasions, catastrophic fires and deadly plague. Also, how it grew from a small Roman trading post, to the capital of the British Empire, and ultimately to the thriving megacity we know today. They begin by investigating London's first 1,000 years.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dan Jones
Presenter Suzannah Lipscomb
Presenter Rob Bell
Director Sarah Jobling
Director Paul Nelson
Executive Producer Alice Harper
Executive Producer Sanjay Singhal
Producer Sarah Jobling
Producer Paul Nelson
Series Producer Susannah Ward
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