A roster of programming will accompany the release of UK pubcaster BBC2′s upcoming series Civilizations.
Produced by the BBC and Nutopia in partnership with The Open University and in association with PBS, Civilizations is a nine-part series that looks at art from around the world, across six continents and 31 countries. The series took three years to make, and each film focuses on a single aspect of human experience, ranging from the spiritual to our relationship with nature.
Inspired by Kenneth Clark’s BBC series from 1969, Civilizations will showcase the role art and the creative imagination have played in human society around the globe. From Asia to Europe, Civilizations will explore the wealth of treasures created by various cultures.
Civilizations is a Nutopia production for PBS and BBC in association with the Open University. Executive producers are Jonty Claypole and Mark Bell for the BBC; and Jane Root, Michael Jackson and Denys Blakeway for Nutopia. Bill Gardner, VP of programming and development, oversees the project for PBS. The series producer is Melanie Fall.
In a special accompanying program for BBC2, Mary Beard will examine the stories and controversies behind the works of art that are now on display in Britain’s museums. In Civilizations on your Doorstep (1 x 60), Beard will trace British attitudes to civilization through national holdings around the UK.
Elsewhere, BBC1 will feature an 11 x 30-minute series titled Civilizations Stories, which will explore the stories from the art of each region and its relationship to the community from which it comes from.
Additional supporting components include a podcast, radio series and festival.
All titles are working titles and subject to change.