“I absolutely loved filthy cities! Informative and accurate with great cgis!”

Dan Snow must have been relieved to reach the end of the recent BBC TV series: filthy cities, which has seen him faced with more unspeakable cocktails of undiluted nastiness over three programmes than most historians would care to experience in a lifetime.

In the final episode he waded through the squalor of New York as it would have been at the height of the Industrial Revolution, when thousands of migrants arrived every day from Europe. There were mountains of filth in the streets and the immigrants were crammed together in tenement slums infested with cockroaches. And yet the building of the Croton Aqueduct, the development of sewage plants and the discovery of electricity meant that New York became a gleaming monument to modernity in less than a century.

To celebrate the conclusion of the short series of Filthy Cities the BBC have produced a short compilation of Dirty Words and Filthy Phrases which I’d like to share…

Throughout the series historian Dan Snow took the travelogue in a whole new direction – with extraordinary, hands-on demos and state of the art CGI – he delved deep into the murky past in gruesome detail during defining periods in history.

More like this please!