Civil­i­sa­tions 9pm, BBC Two

Sunday Herald Life - - Television & Radio -

AGRAND, old-school arts doc­u­men­tary based on the grand­est and old­estschool of them all, Ken­neth Clark’s land­mark 1969 se­ries, Civil­i­sa­tion, the vi­sion­ary BBC pro­duc­tion that brought the cul­tural won­ders of the world into liv­ing rooms in liv­ing colour (if they could af­ford a colour telly). Clark’s orig­i­nal re­mains a truly great show, but also a truly snooty one, with lit­tle in­ter­est in artists, com­posers or thinkers who weren’t male, Euro­pean, and long dead. This new nine-part se­ries is part re­make, part se­quel, and part ex­ten­sion of and an­swer to that. Rather than Clark’s “per­sonal view,” sev­eral pre­sen­ters of­fer in­di­vid­ual es­says, be­gin­ning tonight with Si­mon Schama, who ex­plores the for­ma­tive roles art, imag­i­na­tion and the creative spirit have played in the forg­ing of hu­man­ity, be­gin­ning 80,000 years ago with the first known marks made on the walls of South African caves. Mary Beard and David Olu­soga present other episodes – the en­tire thing will be ready to binge on via iPlayer af­ter tonight’s broad­cast. While you’re on there, the orig­i­nal Civil­i­sa­tion re­mains avail­able, too.

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