Directed by: Various (TV)
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 645 mins
Region: Region 2, 4
Released: 18 April 2005
Cat No: BBCDVD1607
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Civilisation: The Complete Series
Cast: Kenneth Clark
Also available on Blu-ray
Kenneth Clarke’s eloquent and deeply personal documentary series exploring the cultural heritage of the western world, from the collapse... Read More
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.