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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
20 October 2006 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style... See more »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast [1])
Simon Schama ... Himself - Presenter / ... (5 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
Clare Beavan (3 episodes, 2006)
Steve Condie (2 episodes, 2006)
Carl Hindmarch (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Simon Schama (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Clare Beavan .... series producer / producer (8 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Original Music by
Niraj Chag (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gary Clarke (2 episodes, 2006)
Neville Kidd (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Film Editing by
Matt Platts-Mills (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Casting by
Chloe Emmerson (4 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Production Design by
Astrid Sieben (1 episode, 2006)
Hannah Spice (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Art Direction by
Erik Rehl (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Hannah Spice (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Costume Design by
Nigel Egerton (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Makeup Department
Caitlin Tanner .... makeup designer (3 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Art Department
Gwyneth Binyon .... assistant art director (1 episode, 2006)
Peter Fentem .... property master (1 episode, 2006)
Toby Riches .... assistant art director (1 episode, 2006)
Scott Rogers .... props (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Sound Department
Keith Silva .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2006)
Karl Mainzer .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 2006)
Aidan McCarthy .... sound editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Richardson .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Special Effects by
Dorina Forti .... special effects makeup (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Adam Rowland .... digital compositor (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Stunts
Giorgio Antonini .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2006)
Amanda Foster .... stunts: slave (1 episode, 2006)
Paul Kulik .... utility stunts (1 episode, 2006)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Annis .... focus puller (2 episodes, 2006)
Wayne King .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Music Department
Daniel Giorgetti .... orchestrator (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Tim Sutton .... production coordinator / production supporter (2 episodes, 2006)
 


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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pabulum all dressed up, 8 July 2012
Author: blob blobblob from United States

If Mr. Schama spoke any more slowly, more painstakingly divided his syllables, I might not recognize the language he speaks in.

More importantly, the writers and directors of pieces like this should recall what information is available at almost every viewer's fingertips. One can access a summary of most documentary subjects literally within a few minutes. I tested this hypothesis with the hour long piece on Turner. In a few keystrokes, I was able to find two summaries on the web that included most of the data Schama presents. Perhaps ten, 15 percent of what Schama tells or shows us remained harder to find, and what consisted of original analysis was nearly absent.

And what is the purpose of the cinema-like shots that suggest some sort of hint toward reenactments? There is often little rhyme or reason to when or why they occur. They last a second or two and seem selected based on their potential for filler and gloss. At one point, we see a hand in shallow focus scraping at a canvas. This is supposed to help us imagine Turner doing his work as a painter? Gimme a break.

Watching something like this is nearly a waste of time. I suppose you could turn down the volume and imagine your own narration. Better still, go to a museum or library instead. At least you'll get off your couch.

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