Filthy Cities

8:30pm Thursday, September 1 on Prime

Documentary

Dan Snow presents an immersive series, going back in time to bring cities’ stinking histories vividly to life. Using state-of the-art CGI, he reveals the story of our epic battle against filth through the ages. Dan meets experts, asking the questions that never make it into the history books, and puts the past to the test by mounting a series of imaginative experiments and thought-provoking stunts. In tonight’s final of Filthy Cities, Dan Snow goes back in time to industrial New York.

Wednesday 24th August 10.10pm

Documentary Series

Dan Snow presents an immersive series, going back in time to bring cities’ stinking histories vividly to life. Tonight he looks at Paris, which just 200 years was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this programme, historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city – Pong de Paris. He has a go at one of the worst jobs in history – tanning leather by 18th century methods using dog poo and urine – to make exquisite luxury goods that only the filthy rich could afford.

He gets a rare glimpse of the private rooms of infamous Queen Marie Antoinette, at the glittering palace of Versailles, to reveal some surprising facts about the royal court. He also comes face to face with the ultimate killing machine – the gruesome guillotine, and finds out what happened to the thousands of bodies that overflowed in the cemeteries of Paris during The Terror. Snow will discover how monumental filth and injustice drove Parisians to a bloody revolution that would transform their city and give birth to a new republic.