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Medieval London Teaser

Duration: 00:54

Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in Medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know was forged in the filth of the 14th century.

State of the art CGI reveals London's streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner - wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot. He spends the night as a medieval muck-raker shifting a staggering six tonnes of excrement, and has a go at medieval butchery to find out what the authorities were up against.

Plus, he examines the remains of a plague victim to discover how a catastrophic epidemic would help a new and cleaner London emerge from the muck of the past.

Available since: Fri 1 Apr 2011

Credits

Series Producer
Sam Starbuck
Presenter
Dan Snow
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy

This clip is from

Filthy Cities Medieval London

1/3 Dan Snow discovers how today's London was forged in the filth of the 14th century.

First broadcast: 05 Apr 2011

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