The City of London is a place in which ancient rituals meet state of the art modern life, where history and ceremony are embraced at every turn. When actor and presenter Stephen Fry was nominated to receive the Freedom of the City of London, he knew this would involve a ceremony and an oath to the Queen and the Lord Mayor, but wanted to discover what it all meant. People know of the famous financial 'square mile' filled with bankers and brokers, but the real City is the oldest part of London, a kind of autonomous republic. In this fascinating documentary Stephen sets out to uncover the what, how and why of this ancient and mysterious entity. He meets the ordinary residents who live in this district as well as the people who uphold its traditions through ancient roles such as Lord Mayor and Beadle of the City of London, asking why seemingly out of date traditions have relevance in Britain today.
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