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I've recently seen on TV a film about the building of thr sewers of London (around 1860). I think this film is quite recent. Any idea?

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A documentary or a drama? –  iandotkelly Dec 19 '12 at 12:46
Any more details that you could give us would be great. Do you know what channel it was on? Was it british, american, etc.? –  DForck42 Dec 19 '12 at 15:17
Sorry for the lack of precision. I partially saw that movie in Germany during my holiday there. –  Rabskatran Dec 19 '12 at 16:04

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This sounds like an episode of the BBC series Seven Wonders of the Industrial World:

BBC [Source]

The Sewer King

Set in London during the 1850s, this episode focusses on the construction of the London sewerage system, built to replace the antiquated medieval system that was overworked and inadequate for the needs of the-then largest metropolis in the world, causing epidemics of disease and a permanent foul stench to fill the air.

The episode follows the efforts and work of Joseph Bazalgette, the brilliant engineer who designed the influential and modern sewer system that would purify the city, transform the streets above and would result in the end of the epidemics of cholera and typhoid that had ravaged the population - although, ironically not for the reasons that he initially thought.

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