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Fry discovers Freedom of the City

Stephen Fry has said he made his new documentary about the City of London because when he was offered Freedom of the City he didn't know what it meant.

The QI presenter has made one-off documentary Stephen Fry's Key To The City to explore aspects of old City life and how it works today, after being offered the honour in 2011.

He said: "I thought it was very nice to be offered it, but I didn't know what it meant. In fact, I didn't even know what the City meant."

When the 55-year-old discovered he'd be able to trade without a licence as part of his Freedom, he said: "I don't know what I'd sell - tomatoes or something."

As part of the programme Stephen met Doris, a woman who had lived in the City all her life and was also granted Freedom, so the pair agreed to take up their right to drive sheep over London Bridge at some point. He said: "She's just a fabulous old duck."

But Stephen said despite his new discoveries about the City he wasn't tempted to move to the square mile from his West End home.

He said: "The pavements are so busy. Where I live is much nicer, it's quieter."

:: Stephen Fry's Key To The City is on ITV on Tuesday, August 6.

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