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Release Date:
23 February 1969 (UK) See more »
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [1])
Kenneth Clark ... Narrator (13 episodes, 1969)

Series Directed by
Michael Gill (7 episodes, 1969)
Peter Montagnon (5 episodes, 1969)
Ann Turner (3 episodes, 1969)
Series Writing credits
Kenneth Clark (2 episodes, 1969)

Series Produced by
Ann Turner .... assistant producer (13 episodes, 1969)
Michael Gill .... producer (2 episodes, 1969)
Peter Montagnon .... producer (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Original Music by
Edwin Astley (1 episode, 1969)
Series Cinematography by
A.A. Englander (unknown episodes)
Kenneth MacMillan (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Allan Tyrer (2 episodes, 1969)

Roger Crittenden (unknown episodes)
Peter Heelas (unknown episodes)
Jesse Palmer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Alan Dykes .... sound (2 episodes, 1969)
Basil Harris .... sound (2 episodes, 1969)

Malcolm Webberley .... sound assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Roynon Raikes .... stills photographer (2 episodes, 1969)
Phil Summers .... stills filming (2 episodes, 1969)
Ann Turner .... stills photography director (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
A.A. Englander .... lighting cameraman (2 episodes, 1969)
Kenneth MacMillan .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1969)

Joe Cooksey .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Colin Deehan .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Jack Probert .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Allan Tyrer .... supervising editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Edwin Astley .... conductor (1 episode, 1969)
Series Other crew
June Leech .... research assistant (2 episodes, 1969)

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Additional Details

50 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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Narrator:[on the Abbot Suger] He said, "The dull mind rises to truth through that which is material". Well, this was really a revolutionary concept in the Middle Ages. It was the intellectual background of all the sublime works of art of the next century and in fact has remained the basis of our belief in the value of art until today.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The best of its kind, 19 March 2006
Author: gring0 from United Kingdom

Watching the series in China, it makes me all the more proud of my heritage. The last comment is a good one; let Clark introduce himself to you, just as one reads a Herodotus or Suetonius- to be in the presence of a knowledgeable and engaging friend. having visited many of the places shown, it's also a marked benefit that the series was filmed in 1969, when travel was truly the domain of those seeking enlightenment before our days of package tours. And how clear and lucid are his discussions of culture and history! Often I found myself anticipating his next sentence from my own classes I teach, but am left feeling pedantic and plebeian by comparison. Although the BBC continues to be a source of wonderment through its historical live-action recreation series such as Auschwitz, Pompeii and the Attenboroughs, this is truly of its time when there was no need for gimmicks or embellishment.

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