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Release Date:
13 September 1998 (USA) See more »
Plot Keywords:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Perhaps not among the best documentaries by Jones--but still quite good. See more (4 total) »


 (Series Cast [1])

Terry Jones ... Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1998)

Series Directed by
Daniel Percival (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Writing credits
Terry Jones (3 episodes, 1998)
David Souden (3 episodes, 1998)
Daniel Percival (2 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Phil Grabsky .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1998)
David Souden .... producer (3 episodes, 1998)
Amanda Wilkie .... producer (3 episodes, 1998)

Stacy Goldstein .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
Tomi Bednar Landis .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Dimitri Tchamouroff (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (unknown episodes)
Graham Smith (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Phil Reynolds (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Set Decoration by
Jon Carnall (unknown episodes)
Kate Hind (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Olivia Foster .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Jon Carnall .... set designer (2 episodes, 1998)
Kate Hind .... set designer (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Sound Department
Paul Harris .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 1998)
Antony Meering .... sound (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Bobbitt .... lighting camera (3 episodes, 1998)
Pete Hayns .... lighting camera (3 episodes, 1998)
Graham Smith .... lighting camera (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Editorial Department
Michael Williams .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Other crew
Amanda Burrell .... researcher (3 episodes, 1998)
Fiona Kingsman .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
Julia Wilkie .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1998)
Alison Horton .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1998)

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150 min (3 Episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps not among the best documentaries by Jones--but still quite good., 16 July 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In recent years, Monty Pythoner Terry Jones has created a wonderful niche for himself on television. His historical documentaries are fantastic--highly original, fascinating and a bit funny. He's managed to re-examine and breath life into seemingly mundane topics. Here with "Ancient Inventions", Jones is back with a short series (only three episodes) all about ancient technology. His purpose--to show folks of old WEREN'T stupid and their advances led to the advances of today.

Overall, the three shows are very, very good (particularly the one on city life). But, considering how PERFECT some of his other documentaries have been, this one seemed a bit of a letdown. Now I am NOT saying it's bad--but he set such a high mark with "The Crusades", "The Surprising History of Rome", "Medieval Lives" (my personal favorite). Still well worth seeing--and a nice way to learn history painlessly!

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