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City of Vice: Season 1: Episode 5 -- Henry looks back on the struggle to fund the Bow Street Runners in the first place, and reflects on how close London came to not having a police force at all…
City of Vice: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Tom Jones, an infamous gang leader, is broken out of jail by his Irish gang, who maim several prison guards along the way. This jailbreak questions the authority of the Bow Street Runners and risks making Lord Newcastle look foolish for supporting them.
City of Vice: Season 1: Episode 3 -- A break-in at a sugar merchant's Mayfair home brings the Bow Street Runners into conflict with their patron, Lord Newcastle.
City of Vice: Season 1: Episode 2 -- When the Reverend Erasmus Cavendish is found murdered in his Soho church, his maid informs the Runners that the reverend was a homosexual (a crime punishable by hanging) and points the finger at a man named William Flynn as the prime suspect.
City of Vice: Season 1: Episode 1 -- The Fielding brothers are dining at a tavern run by Jack Harris, an infamous pimp, when a messenger announces that a woman's body has been found at a nearby bagnio.


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14 January 2008 (UK) See more »
The birth of the bow street runners.
Welcome to eighteenth century London - a world filled with prostitutes, pimps, gamblers and villains... See more »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 9)

Francis Magee ... Saunders Welch (5 episodes, 2008)

Steve Speirs ... William Pentlow (5 episodes, 2008)
Alice O'Connell ... Mary Fielding (5 episodes, 2008)

Sam Spruell ... Lord Newcastle (4 episodes, 2008)
Sean Francis ... Daniel Carne (3 episodes, 2008)

Series Directed by
Justin Hardy (3 episodes, 2008)
Dan Reed (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Writing credits
Clive Bradley (3 episodes, 2008)
Peter Harness (2 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Justin Hardy .... executive producer: Hardy & Sons (5 episodes, 2008)
Lachlan MacKinnon .... producer (5 episodes, 2008)
Rob Pursey .... executive producer: Touchpaper (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Original Music by
Richard Blair-Oliphant (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Cinematography by
Douglas Hartington (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Film Editing by
Michael Harrowes (3 episodes, 2008)
Stefan Ronowicz (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Casting by
Louise Cross (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Production Design by
James Lewis (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Art Direction by
Hauke Richter (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Costume Design by
David Blight (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Makeup Department
Vickie Gilroy .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Jennifer Harty .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Charlie Hounslow .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Vickie Lang .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Angie Mudge .... hair designer / makeup designer (5 episodes, 2008)
Bernice Beaumont .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2008)
Jo Saville .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2008)
Series Production Management
Darren Helman .... unit manager (5 episodes, 2008)
Adrian Kelly .... production manager (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julien Benoiton .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
Phill Reeves .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
Roger Thomas .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Art Department
Joshua Ashmore .... constructor / painter (5 episodes, 2008)
Monica Black .... prop assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Chris Bowers .... graphics (5 episodes, 2008)
D. Dominic Devine .... carpenter (5 episodes, 2008)
Peter Fentem .... stand-by props (5 episodes, 2008)
Stefano Ferrara .... construction and painting (5 episodes, 2008)
Emily Johnson .... art department assistant / stand-by art director (5 episodes, 2008)
Tom Kenyon .... painter / constructor (5 episodes, 2008)
Julien Kirk .... set painter (5 episodes, 2008)
Jon Lewis .... production buyer (5 episodes, 2008)
Loretta Lipworth .... construction and painting (5 episodes, 2008)
Mari Lucaccini .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 2008)
Dan Milton .... prop hand (5 episodes, 2008)
Roy Monk .... scenic artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Steven Morris .... dressing props (5 episodes, 2008)
Lewis Peake .... carpenter (5 episodes, 2008)
Simon Pickup .... construction manager (5 episodes, 2008)
Quinn Robinson .... painter / constructor (5 episodes, 2008)
Scott Rogers .... prop master (5 episodes, 2008)
Gareth Thomas .... stand-by art director / construction supervisor (5 episodes, 2008)
Jon R. Underwood .... graphics / graphic artist (5 episodes, 2008)
Alison Bowman .... construction and painting (4 episodes, 2008)
Marie Mills .... constructor / painter (4 episodes, 2008)
Danielle Taffe .... constructor / painter (4 episodes, 2008)
Series Sound Department
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 2008)
Tony Burke .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 2008)
Robin Green .... boom operator (5 episodes, 2008)
Sean O'Shea .... foley mixer / tracklay (5 episodes, 2008)
Chips Paul .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Nick Roberts .... adr mixer (5 episodes, 2008)
Nicholas Paul .... tracklay (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Special Effects by
Robert Schofield .... wire effects supervisor (1 episode, 2008)
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Bowers .... visual effects (5 episodes, 2008)
Jon R. Underwood .... visual effects (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Audrey Aquilina .... camera operator: second unit (5 episodes, 2008)
Dave Green .... camera assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
John Haylen .... best boy (5 episodes, 2008)
Dave Hutton .... gaffer (5 episodes, 2008)
Angelika Padberg .... electrician (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Healy .... costume assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Becca Krom .... costume assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Trudy Mitchison .... costume assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Emily Wilson .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Editorial Department
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Jet Omoshebi .... colorist (5 episodes, 2008)
Matthew Streatfield .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2008)
Series Transportation Department
Russell Chipping .... transport manager (5 episodes, 2008)
Charles Jaffrey .... unit driver (3 episodes, 2008)
Jon King .... unit driver (3 episodes, 2008)
Series Other crew
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant (5 episodes, 2008)
Guy Campbell .... floor runner (5 episodes, 2008)
Niccolo Cioni .... production secretary (5 episodes, 2008)
John Cooling .... lead rigger (5 episodes, 2008)
Pam Humphreys .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2008)
Gerardo Orlando .... floor runner (5 episodes, 2008)
Melanie Proud .... production runner (5 episodes, 2008)
Hallie Rubenhold .... historical series consultant (5 episodes, 2008)
Hannah Simons .... assistant script supervisor (5 episodes, 2008)
Jackie Wetherill .... assistant accountant (5 episodes, 2008)

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"Unhand the lady and **** off back to Clerkenwell!", 6 July 2009
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

City of Vice has a great true-life pitch - the efforts of brothers Henry and John Fielding (the author of Tom Jones and a celebrated blind magistrate, played by Ian McDiarmid and Iain Glen respectively) to form England's first police force amid the squalor and near-apocalyptic lawlessness of a London already bursting at the seams in 1753. With the massive growth of cities (especially London) and a nationwide addiction to gin that makes modern problems with drugs look almost quaint, the 17-18th century was perhaps the most violent era in British history (though, despite dealing with murder, child prostitution, rape and sundry perversions, the series is not nearly so violent), yet the brothers still faced hostility from an aristocracy who could afford private protection to what they saw as an instrument of tyranny more suited to foreigners than free Englishmen. While the show sometimes downplays the casual violence, the brothers' morality, though seen from a 20th century perspective, is distinctly 18th century - they are not above ruining the odd reputation or contriving a robbery on a recalcitrant would-be patron to secure the Bow Street Runners' future. Nor does it turn them into glowing examples of police work. They're an almost fumbling band of detectives - as the first in their field, they're unsure even of how to investigate a murder ("How is it done?" "Ask questions?") - and often they uphold the principle of the law with disastrous consequences to the victims of crimes.

The series too feels like it's still feeling its way along and doesn't always have the full confidence of its backers at Channel 4 - the metropolis a little underpopulated at times, the budgetary limitations apparent in the less-than-bustling streets and the nighttime hangings that fail to hide the lack of crowds. Yet often it manages to paper over the cracks with surprising style, using animated street maps of London to link scenes and adding scaffolding to sets they can't afford to build in their entirety to give an impression of a city at once sprouting up and falling down (literally in one scene of a slum collapsing, tenants and all). It's convincingly foul mouthed ("The Devil **** you, Mr Fielding!" is one of the more minor terms of abuse), with McDiarmid deserving special praise for his tireless efforts to restore the word '****ster' to the common modern-day vocabulary. Despite the grim material it's not without moments of wit - Henry's wife, a former maid, cannot help herself from doing the housework - and if it's at times overly reliant on narration to fill the audience in on details, at least it's genuinely informative. The formidable John Fielding's abilities sometimes tend to get short shrift - he tends to get typed as the stern, unyielding one - and some of the guest stars are surprisingly awkward - Juliet Aubrey's strange inflection and Gary Lewis' often inaudible insular distemperate delivery make the lack of subtitles particularly problematic, but despite its problems the six episodes are compelling and intriguing enough to leave you hoping for a more fully realised second series.

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