Civilisations

Civilisations (2018)

The title is a reference to Civilisation, the series written and presented by Kenneth Clark almost fifty years ago. That landmark offered one man's personal view of western European civilisation, from the end of the Dark Ages onwards. It was partly conceived by David Attenborough to demonstrate the potential of colour television. The new series ranges more widely, featuring African, Asian, American, as well as European cultures to explore how human creativity began and developed, how civilisations around the world influenced one another and how artists have depicted the human form and the natural world. For each presenter, the series provides powerful and moving firsthand encounters with art. David Olusoga travels to Nigeria to see the technique behind the Benin Bronzes which he was taken to see in the British Museum as a child. Mary Beard climbs one of the Colossi of Memnon in Egypt which she says she has waited half her life to see up close. In Japan, Simon Schama apologises for his shaking hands as he examines an image he describes as almost perfect...

David Olusoga, Mary Beard, Simon Schama

Series, 2018, Arts & Culture, Documentary, Historical, Society & Culture


Recording Options

Civilisations - TV Showtimes

Saturday, December 15

7:30pm

Civilisations ‘Renaissances’

SBS

Civilisations

'Renaissances'

SBS, 7:30pm, Sat, 15 Dec 2018, 60 minutes

Think Renaissance and you think Italy. But in the 15th and 16th centuries the great Islamic empires experienced their own extraordinary cultural flowering. The two phenomena did not unfold in separate artistic universes; they were acutely conscious of, and in competition with, each other and mutually open to influences flowing both ways.

David Olusoga, Mary Beard, Simon Schama

Series, 2018, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Arts & Culture, Historical, Society & Culture, Season 1 Episode 5


Civilisations ‘Renaissances’

SBS HD

Civilisations

'Renaissances'

SBS HD, 7:30pm, Sat, 15 Dec 2018, 60 minutes

Think Renaissance and you think Italy. But in the 15th and 16th centuries the great Islamic empires experienced their own extraordinary cultural flowering. The two phenomena did not unfold in separate artistic universes; they were acutely conscious of, and in competition with, each other and mutually open to influences flowing both ways.

David Olusoga, Mary Beard, Simon Schama

Series, 2018, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Arts & Culture, Historical, Society & Culture, Season 1 Episode 5


Sunday, December 16

7:30pm

Civilisations ‘Encounters’

SBS

Civilisations

'Encounters'

SBS, 7:30pm, Sun, 16 Dec 2018, 65 minutes

In the 15th and 16th centuries, distant and disparate cultures met, often for the first time. These encounters provoked wonder, awe, bafflement, and fear. And, as a historian of empire David Olusoga shows, art was always on the frontline. Each cultural contact at this time left a mark on both sides - the magnificent Benin bronzes record the meeting of an ancient West African kingdom and Portuguese voyagers in a spirit of mutual respect and exchange.

David Olusoga, Mary Beard, Simon Schama

Series, 2018, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Arts & Culture, Historical, Society & Culture, Season 1 Episode 6


Civilisations ‘Encounters’

SBS HD

Civilisations

'Encounters'

SBS HD, 7:30pm, Sun, 16 Dec 2018, 65 minutes

In the 15th and 16th centuries, distant and disparate cultures met, often for the first time. These encounters provoked wonder, awe, bafflement, and fear. And, as a historian of empire David Olusoga shows, art was always on the frontline. Each cultural contact at this time left a mark on both sides - the magnificent Benin bronzes record the meeting of an ancient West African kingdom and Portuguese voyagers in a spirit of mutual respect and exchange.

David Olusoga, Mary Beard, Simon Schama

Series, 2018, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Arts & Culture, Historical, Society & Culture, Season 1 Episode 6


  • Favourite Series
  • Keyword Favourite
  • Keyword Recording
  • Single Recording
  • Queued Single Recording
  • Single Recording (on now)
  • Series Recording (on now)
  • Series Recording
  • Queued Series Recording
  • Series recording (not matching Advanced Options)
  • New Show
  • Error