Water & Darkness
London is a 2004 three-part BBC history documentary series about the history of London, presented by Peter Ackroyd.
From Boudicca's torching of the city to the Blitz raids, Ackroyd examines how London survives fire.
Historical figures recall the city's drama of crime and punishment, and its unquenchable thirst for spectacle, drink and sex.
In the Victorian era London finally achieves its destiny as the heart of a world empire, but Peter Ackroyd and historical figures expose the city's rotten underbelly.