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ABC2, 7.30pm

Our mod­ern cities are rel­a­tively clean and or­derly places, but not so long ago many of the world’s most iconic places were more like a scene from a horror movie. Tonight, his­to­rian Dan Snow lifts the lid on the cesspit that was Paris 200 years ago. To­day, the River Seine is a place of ro­mance, but back then a stroll along its shores might have had you gag­ging as it was filled with the waste of the en­tire city – in­clud­ing an­i­mal fat, dog poo and raw sewage. Even in the op­u­lent Ver­sailles Palace, ap­pear­ances were de­cep­tive, with its stately cor­ri­dors com­monly used as lava­to­ries. You’ll be thank­ing your lucky stars for mod­ern plumb­ing prac­tices af­ter view­ing.

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