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Civilisation

Episode 1: The Skin of Our Teeth

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Classic 1969 series. Kenneth Clark looks at the re-establishment of civilisation in Western Europe after the fall of Rome. Show more

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Narrator:
Kenneth Clark
Director:
Michael Gill
Producer:
Michael Gill
Composer:
Edwin Astley

Civilisation

Episode 2: The Great Thaw

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark traces the reawakening of European civilisation in the 12th Century. Show more

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Civilisation

Episode 3: Romance and Reality

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark journeys from the Loire through Tuscany and Umbria, to Pisa, as he explores the aspirations of the later Middle Ages in France and Italy. Show more

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Civilisation

Episode 4: Man - The Measure of all Things

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at Renaissance man. Show more

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Narrator:
Kenneth Clark
Director:
Michael Gill
Producer:
Michael Gill
Composer:
Edwin Astley

Civilisation

Episode 5: The Hero as Artist

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at individuals of genius, notably Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Show more

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Narrator:
Kenneth Clark
Director:
Ann Turner
Producer:
Michael Gill

Civilisation

Episode 6: Protest and Communication

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark investigates the Protestant Reformation in northern Europe. He looks at Holbein, Thomas Moore, Erasmus, the printing press and Durer.

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Civilisation

Episode 7: Grandeur and Obedience

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Sir Kenneth Clark visits Rome in search of grandeur and finds a city that gave rise to Michelangelo, Bernini and the Counter Reformation. Show more

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Civilisation

Episode 8: The Light of Experience

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark's story takes him from the Holland of Rembrandt and Vermeer to the London of Wren, Purcell and the Royal Society.

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Episode 9: The Pursuit of Happiness

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark reflects on the nature of the 18th Century music, and how some of its qualities are reflected in rococo architecture, the pilgrimage churches and palaces of Bavaria. Show more

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Civilisation

Episode 10: The Smile of Reason

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark looks at the beginnings of revolutionary politics in the 18th Century. Show more

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Episode 11: The Worship of Nature

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark examines a new force - the belief in the divinity of nature. Clark visits Tintern Abbey and the Alps, and discusses the landscape paintings of Turner and Constable. Show more

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Narrator:
Kenneth Clark
Director:
Ann Turner
Producer:
Michael Gill

Civilisation

Episode 12: The Fallacies of Hope

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark traces the progressive disillusionment of the artists of the Romantic movement during the 19th Century. Show more

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Civilisation

Episode 13: Heroic Materialism

Duration: 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Available for 6 months

Kenneth Clark considers the ways in which the heroic materialism of the past hundred years has been linked to an equally remarkable increase in humanitarianism. Show more

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