An exploration of the arts in 18th century London written and presented by the historian John Brewer, and drawn from his book `The Pleasures of the imagination'. Considers the world of commerce and celebrity in which Georgian culture was created. Relates the stories of entrepreneur Jonathan Tyers, who oversaw the high art and low morals of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and of Anna Larpent, a voracious reader, gallery-goer and theatre-lover. Actor-manager David Garrick and literary giant Samuel Johnson are other key characters, as is John Gay, the writer of the hugely popular `The Beggar's Opera'. Extensively illustrated with prints and paintings of the period, also features reconstructions in its analysis of the arts and their audiences as English high culture first emerged.