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Watch Peter Ackroyds London online: Episode 2 The Crowd

Peter Ackroyd explores the city's frequently destructive relationship with its population, and investigates how London's search for power and profit resulted in the Georgian sex trade. He also examines the authorities' attempts to control public gatherings, from Dickens's accounts of life in the notorious Newgate Gaol to the more recent poll tax and May Day riots.

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