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Wide-Eyed to explore London’s history for BBC4

London-based prodco Wide-Eyed Entertainment will send art historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank (pictured) on a journey through London's dramatic history in A Tale of Two Cities.
November 24, 2011

London-based prodco Wide-Eyed Entertainment (WEE) will send art historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank (pictured) on a journey through London’s dramatic history in A Tale of Two Cities.

The one-hour documentary will see Cruickshank following in the footsteps of two of London’s early chroniclers to explore the 17th Century, a tumultuous time that saw the city endure the Civil War, a plague and the Great Fire.

Cruickshank will use two surveys written at either end of this century, and will “discover how a unique combination of innovation, ambition and the sheer spirit of enterprise saw Londoners thrive.”

“[A Tale of Two Cities] is a great story and Dan tells it with his usual intelligence and enthusiasm,” said David McNab, creative director, Wide-Eyed Entertainment.

The one-off is executive produced by Cassian Harrison for BBC 4, produced by Alex Revill, line produced by Vicki Horton and exec produced by David McNab for WEE. DRG will handle worldwide distribution. An airdate has not yet been announced.

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