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Civilisation in HD: Which other shows deserve a high-def makeover?

9 February 2011 6:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A visual delight starts tonight when Civilisation is shown in HD – so what other epic art series should be aired in high resolution?

The BBC is to show Kenneth Clark's 1969 television series Civilisation in HD from tonight – a highly promising marriage of old and new. The calm, clear photography that still makes this television history of European art and culture such a visual delight will hopefully be revealed in all its glory – for a new century – by a high definition makeover. But what other classics of art television might be worthy of high definition rediscovery?

Civilisation was not the first art programme on British television. Clark himself had given highly successful lectures to camera on ITV. But when BBC2 was launched it was the first British channel to show exclusively in colour. Its pioneering director of programmes, David Attenborough, and his team saw the potential of colour television for »

- Jonathan Jones

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