The Secret History Of Our Streets

9:00pm Wednesday 4 July on BBC TWO

The fifth episode features Reverdy Road in Bermondsey, which has endured as an enclave of working-class respectability. When Charles Booth visited in 1900 as part of his Survey of London, he was impressed by the houses, gardens, and the broad, clean streets.

In the film, older residents recall life on the street during the war, when three houses were bombed; trips to the hop fields of Kent, and the work of a pioneer of public health, Dr Alfred Salter, who lived in the house on the corner of the street, a house that has been occupied by a doctor since 1880.

Charles Booth’s vast 1886 Survey of London ranked each one of London streets according to the class of their residents. Now in a major series for BBC Two, The Secret History of Our Streets returns to six archetypal London streets visited by Booth to discover how their fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the last 125 years.

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9:00pm Wednesday 27 June on BBC TWO

Charles Booth’s vast 1886 Survey of London ranked each of London’s streets according to the class of its residents – including Portland Road in Notting Hill. This week the series reveals how its fortunes have ebbed and flowed over in the last 125 years, leaving it one of the most financially divided streets in Britain.

Today it’s the archetypal London banker street, lined with six million pound homes for hedge fund managers. But when Booth visited in 1899 it was the worse slum in London – and still today the top one percent in Britain by income and the bottom five percent live on the same street.

Told through the personal stories of Portland Road’s remarkably diverse range of residents, past and present – including Lords, bankers and slum dwellers – the film tells the story of one of the most divided streets in Britain.

9:00pm Wednesday 20 June on BBC TWO

Charles Booth’s vast 1886 Survey of London ranked each one of London streets according to the class of their residents. 125 years later BBC Two returns to the Caledonian Road, which starts next to Kings Cross station and heads north for over a mile, to see how its fortunes have ebbed and flowed.

From its beginning, the street has been resolutely working class and when Charles Booth visited he found it a depressing district. But the people of The Cally, as it’s affectionately known to residents, have held their community together – despite being challenged by powerful outside forces and a reputation for being a bit rough around the edges.

Featuring fascinating and often passionate accounts from residents both past and present, the film tells the story of the changing faces of this remarkable street.

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