BBC2 unveils “Civilisations” revival

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned Civilisations, a 10-part series revival of Kenneth Clark's 1969 documentary series Civilisation. (Pictured, L-R: hosts David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama)
December 21, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned Civilisations, a 10-part series revival of Kenneth Clark’s 1969 documentary series Civilisation.

Hosted by historian and writer David Olusoga (pictured, left), classicist Mary Beard (center) and art historian Simon Schama (right), the series will trace the history of Western art and architecture since the Dark Ages.

The series will also feature commentary from local experts, artists and practitioners who live with, make or study each piece of art.

Produced by the BBC and Nutopia in association with PBS and Open University, the series will use cutting-edge technology to explore the culture of societies from around the globe, and reveal such works as the landscape scrolls of China, Olmec sculptures, African bronzes, Japanese prints and Mughal miniatures.

Civilisations will begin filming in the new year and is slated to broadcast across BBC2 at the end of 2017.

The BBC is expected to announce a raft of programs that will accompany the series.

Jonty Claypole, Janice Hadlow and Mark Bell serve as executive producers for the BBC, with Michael Jackson and Peter Lovering exec producing for Nutopia. Bill Gardner, VP of programming and development, will oversee the project for PBS. The series producer is Ian MacMillan.

“Inspired by that great program of the past, we want to excite a new generation,” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, in a statement. “We want to show them the power of art and creativity across the world – from the dawn of civilisation to today.”

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