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Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Schama explores how the romantics created the secular cult of national belonging in their poetry, music and art, with enormous consequences for the modern world. Show more

The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama

Series 1

Passions of the People

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In this episode, Simon explores how Romantic artists created the secular icons of the modern democratic age, whose power continues to inspire the passions of revolt to this day. Show more

The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama

Series 1

The Chambers of the Mind

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon explores how the romantics became the first intrepid explorers of dark recesses of the human mind, long before the modern psychological revolution. With contributions from Sir David Attenborough Show more

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 1: Second Moment of Creation

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for years

Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Director:
Tim Niel
Assistant Producer:
Billie Shepherd
Production Company:
Nutopia

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 3: Picturing Paradise

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for years

Simon Schama explores the depiction of nature. Simon discovers that landscape painting is seldom a straightforward description of observed nature. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Assistant Producer:
Scarlet Moore

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 5: The Triumph of Art

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for years

Simon Schama examines how traditions developed in the years following the Renaissances. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Assistant Producer:
Billie Shepherd
Assistant Producer:
Scarlet Moore
Production Company:
Nutopia

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 7: Radiance

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for years

Simon Schama starts his meditation on colour and civilisation with the great Gothic cathedrals of Amiens and Chartres. He then moves to 16th-century Venice. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Assistant Producer:
Billie Shepherd
Assistant Producer:
Helena Hunt
Assistant Producer:
Isabel Sutton
Production Company:
Nutopia

Civilisations

Series 1

Episode 9: The Vital Spark

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for years

Documentary. Simon Schama explores the fate of art in the machine- and profit-driven world, looking at the rise of art as a tradeable commodity. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Schama
Executive Producer:
Denys Blakeway
Executive Producer:
Michael Jackson
Series Producer:
Melanie Fall
Director:
Tim Niel
Assistant Producer:
Helena Hunt
Production Company:
Nutopia

Start the Week

Art and Civilisations

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Andrew Marr on art and civilisation with Mary Beard, Simon Schama, Tacita Dean and David Olusoga. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Beard
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Schama
Interviewed Guest:
Tacita Dean
Interviewed Guest:
David Olusoga
Producer:
Hannah Sander

Free Thinking

Jewish history, jokes and contemporary identity. Michael Longley.

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Simon Schama and Devorah Baum join Philip Dodd to explore Jewish identity, past and present. Plus, Pinter prize winner Michael Longley considers preoccupations with The Great War. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Schama
Interviewed Guest:
Devorah Baum
Producer:
Craig Smith

The One Show

01/03/2018

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Cambridgeshire

Matt Baker and Angellica Bell are joined on the sofa by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama to talk about new BBC series Civilisations.

Contributors

Presenter:
Matt Baker
Presenter:
Angellica Bell
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Beard
Interviewed Guest:
David Olusoga
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Schama

Simon Schama's Shakespeare

Episode 2: Hollow Crowns

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Simon looks at how Shakespeare's most profound tragedies may have been inspired by the bard's experiences writing for the courts of Elizabeth I and James I. Show more

Question Time

23/02/2012

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

David Dimbleby chairs from Tunbridge Wells. With Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, the Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry, Paul Nuttall, Cristina Odone and Simon Schama. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Series Editor:
Nicolai Gentchev
Series Editor:
Nicolai Gentchev
Executive Producer:
Steve Anderson
Executive Producer:
Steve Anderson
Participant:
Ed Vaizey
Participant:
Ed Vaizey
Participant:
Emily Thornberry
Participant:
Emily Thornberry
Participant:
Paul Nuttall
Participant:
Paul Nuttall
Participant:
Cristina Odone
Participant:
Cristina Odone
Participant:
Simon Schama
Participant:
Simon Schama

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

A look at BBC Two's early years. After a disastrous opening night power cut, series including Playschool to Match of the Day began and the channel was the UK's first to go colour. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Michael Peacock
Participant:
Michael Appleton
Participant:
Denis Tuohy
Participant:
Ian La Frenais
Participant:
Dick Clement
Participant:
Rodney Bewes
Participant:
Joan Bakewell
Participant:
David Attenborough
Participant:
Joe McGrath
Participant:
Esther Rantzen
Participant:
Martin Jarvis
Participant:
Susan Hampshire
Participant:
Peter Montagnon
Participant:
AA Gill
Participant:
Simon Schama
Participant:
Ted Lowe
Participant:
Dennis Taylor
Participant:
Bob Harris
Participant:
Siân Phillips
Participant:
Patrick Stewart
Producer:
Mark Turnbull
Executive Producer:
Caroline Wright

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

The series celebrating the story of BBC Two concludes with a look at more recent highlights, including comedy classics The Office, The League of Gentlemen and Goodness Gracious Me. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Patricia Llewellyn
Participant:
Mark Thompson
Participant:
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Participant:
Michael Jackson
Participant:
Stephen Poliakoff
Participant:
Jane Root
Participant:
Reece Shearsmith
Participant:
Steve Pemberton
Participant:
Jeremy Dyson
Participant:
Anne Robinson
Participant:
Ian McNeice
Participant:
Simon Schama
Participant:
Janice Hadlow
Participant:
Matt Lucas
Participant:
Jeremy Clarkson
Participant:
Mo Mowlam
Participant:
Ricky Gervais
Producer:
Mark Turnbull
Executive Producer:
Caroline Wright

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary exploring the influence of the Industrial Revolution on the life and work of artist JMW Turner. Includes interviews with historian Simon Schama and artist Tracey Emin. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Richard Fell
Producer:
Clare Beavan
Director:
Clare Beavan
Participant:
Simon Schama
Participant:
Tracey Emin
JMW Turner:
Thomas Coombes

This Week

08/11/2012

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil is joined by Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson as they review the US election result with Piers Morgan and Simon Schama and talk reality TV with Denise Welch. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Participant:
Michael Portillo
Participant:
Alan Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Piers Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Schama
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Welch
Participant:
Sarah Smith

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 1: Beginnings

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Schama begins his history of Britain at the miraculously preserved Stone Age cottages of Skara Brae in Orkney and then moves on to the world of Anglo-Saxon England. Show more

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 1

Episode 2: Conquest

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Schama recounts the saga of blood, betrayal and ambition that led up to the pivotal Battle of Hastings and describes the profound consequences that followed. Show more