Cities of the Underworld

Season 3 Episode 1

City of Blood

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 26, 2008 on The History Channel
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City of Blood
Travel back to London and the tunnel network that has existed since Victorian times.
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  • I love London.

    Its probably my favourite city in the world; full of great history. Everywhere you go you are surrounded by at least remnants, tangible remnants, of all the "stuff" in your boring school text books. But it is mostly above ground.

    The life and death that went on in subterranean London "back in the day" did not show up in any of MY high school text books, I must say, though I would have been infinitely more intrigued with the history than I was already, had it been part of the curriculum!

    Used by high men and low, to conduct their deeds not suitable for the light of day nor eyes which could indentify, the reputation of the London underground perpetuated both grim reality and myth alike. I will never look at London the same again, but I will seek out more, shall we say, "interesting" walking tours when next I visit. Every time I see an episode of this show I realize I picked the right century to live in, despite its problems!moreless

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    • Don Wildman: The ancient city of London is haunted by 2,000 years of bloodshed and horror. For centuries this metropolis was so violent, not even the dead were safe. From the subterranean lairs where Jack the Ripper stalked his prey to ancient quarries that hid dark, occult rituals. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld on London: City of Blood.

    • Don Wildman: Walking in these streets today, it's hard to imagine that London in the 18th century could be a brutally chaotic place to live. But vice and depravity weren't exclusive to the inner city slums, in fact some of London's fancier noblemen were members of secret societies, groups of jaded aristocrats looking for thrills, throwing wild parties. But when they grew bored with drunken orgies a few turned to darker pursuits and the only way to avoid the prying eyes of a crowed city was to get out of town and go underground.

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