Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark's ... See full summary »
Reviews

Watch Now

on Prime Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2018  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Civilisation (TV Series 1969)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this four-part series classicist and historian, Professor Mary Beard draws on her immense scholarship, unique viewpoints and myth-busting approach to Roman history, to give her ... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Beard
The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This three-part documentary discovers the origins and beliefs of the Celts in artifacts and human remains across Europe. What emerges is not a portrait of wild people on the western fringes... See full summary »

Stars: Alice Roberts, Neil Oliver, Mike Loades
Simon Schama's Power of Art (TV Series 2006)
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style, a work of art from a great master. He concentrates not just on the art... See full summary »

Stars: Simon Schama, Grégoire Bonnet, Allan Corduner
First Civilizations (TV Mini-Series 2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Having lived as mobile foragers for 99 percent of our time on Earth, why did humans set out on the road to civilization? How did they create villages, towns, cities, and states, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Kerry Shale
Meet the Romans with Mary Beard (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The acclaimed British historian Mary Beard fell in love with the intrigue of classical Rome as a child - here she delves deep into the heart of that society to meet the real ... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Beard, Silvia Orlandi, Antoni Pugi Palerm
A History of Britain (2000–2002)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

Stars: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West
The Story of the Jews (TV Series 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Story of the Jews is a television series, in five parts, presented by British historian Simon Schama. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two in September 2013 and in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Simon Schama
Genius of the Ancient World (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China, profiling Buddha, Socrates and Confucius, the three greatest thinkers of antiquity.

Stars: Bettany Hughes
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

Stars: Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice
The Renaissance Unchained (TV Series 2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In this series critic and writer Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional review that the European Renaissance originated in southern Europe, advocating a case for the north instead.

Stars: Waldemar Januzczak
Ancient Civilizations (TV Series 2017)
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

What hidden knowledge lies in our ancient past? A team of renowned scholars has come together to go beyond the surface-level myths, artifacts, and mysteries found in ancient texts and lost ... See full summary »

Stars: Gregg Braden, Jack Cary, Andrew Collins
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Liev Schreiber ...  Narrator 9 episodes, 2018
Simon Schama ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 2018
Edit

Storyline

Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark's series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art. Inspired by that groundbreaking program, this new series of Civilisations introduces a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents. It explores the visual culture of societies from around the globe, revealing alongside the magnificent objects made in the West the wealth of treasures created by other cultures, from the landscape scrolls of classical China and the sculpture of the Olmecs to African bronzes, Japanese prints and Mughal miniatures. Told by three presenters, each bringing their own skills and perspectives to the series - Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Civilisationens rötter See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 27 April 2018 (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Civilisation, in spite of YouTube
6 May 2018 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

I've often imagined I'd like the chance of offering up my personal version of history on television; what a history of art? Art is not so simply to reduce to a straightforward narrative, so this is a bold project for co-presenters Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga. And it's very heartening to see that the BBC hasn't tried to dumb down their commentary. In other BBC programmes I've seen Beard idiotically reciting Caesar's speaches in modern day Rome, and Schama presenting a fairly convetional wisdom; but here we get their true intellectual insights, and if in places the series is pretentious it's also hard to watch without genuinely learning something. 'Civilisations' has been contrasted to Kenneth Clark's famous series with almost the same title from 60 years previously, but without the latter's Euro-centric bias: to it's credit, though, it never feels to be taking cheap pot-shots at Europe, but rather puts Europe's acheivements (and failures) quite properly in their global context. This is the sort of programme that almost no-one but the BBC could make, and that even the BBC barely makes any more. In the age of YouTube, watch it while you can.


5 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed