London (TV series)

London is a 2004 three-part BBC history documentary series about the history of London, presented by Peter Ackroyd.

Starringpresented by Peter Ackroyd
see separate section for cast
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release7 May (2004-05-07) 
21 May 2004 (2004-05-21)


1: Fire and Destiny

(7 May 2004) Boudicca, Great Fire of London, Blitz,

2: Crowd

(14 May 2004) Riots, Peasants' Revolt, Gordon Riots

3: Water and Darkness

(21 May 2004) Sewers, River Thames, London Bridge, Springheeled Jack

Cast list

The series made a visual trope of, as Ackroyd walked around London or was sitting in his study, the persons of famous and anonymous historical figures would fade in and out and act their testimonies. These were played, in alphabetical order, by:-

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