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Directed by: Various (TV)

Produced: 1969

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: E

Studio: BBC

Length: 645 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2, 4

Released: 18 April 2005

Cat No: BBCDVD1607

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Languages(s): English
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Civilisation: The Complete Series

Cast: Kenneth Clark

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Kenneth Clarke’s eloquent and deeply personal documentary series exploring the cultural heritage of the western world, from the collapse... Read More

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Kenneth Clarke’s eloquent and deeply personal documentary series exploring the cultural heritage of the western world, from the collapse of the Roman Empire until the birth of modernism, was groundbreaking television when first broadcast by the BBC in 1969. With its use of exotic locations, and its engaging presenter with his idiosyncratic style, it influenced much of what was to follow. Progressing from the cultural effects of feudalism in medieval Europe to the birth of the Renaissance in fifteenth-century Florence, from revolutionary politics in France after 1789 to the growth of materialism in artistic and scientific discourse, Clarke did not just examine ’art’, but wanted to reveal the spiritual and humanistic motives behind its creation. Includes all 13 episodes.

We were wrong. We expected Civilisation to be dated and ponderous but it does far more than stand up to the test of time; it shows that giving space to ideas and time to images is something we need. This is emphatically not a boring essay supporting establishment views of empire and art but an open free-minded discussion by an establishment figure from just about the last time anyone in Britain could have held those views with confidence. It is in itself a work of art, essential viewing and fun.

Civilisation was first broadcast in 1969 in 13 weekly instalments. Watch it that way now - Thursday evenings seems just about right.

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