Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark, a 1966 BBC Television documentary series, is an epic examination of Western European culture. Written and presented by the renowned art historian Lord Clark, this ambitious project took two years to make, with filming in over a hundred locations across thirteen countries.
The lush visuals accompanying Clark’s narrative are astounding – from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, viewers are treated to breathtaking color photography of Europe’s most iconic landmarks. This unique study of ideas as illustrated through art and music set a new benchmark for all future programs that followed in its footsteps and is widely considered to be one of the first UK television documentaries made in color.
Few works capture European history as comprehensively as Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark. Detailing both cultural highlights and lesser-known moments