‘Civilisation’ is a documentary series by BBC that was commissioned to the eminent art historian Lord Clark to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development.
This 1996 series was filmed in over 100 locations across 13 countries and took two years to be completed.
Civilisation was one of the first United Kingdom television documentary series made in color, commissioned during David Attenborough’s controllership of BBC2.
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Clark’s compelling narrative is accompanied by breathtaking color photography of Europe’s greatest landmarks.
This ‘history of ideas as illustrated by art and music’ remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired.