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The Civilisations Podcast

Updated 5 days ago

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Religion & Spirituality
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The podcast companion to the series exploring thousands of years of visual culture.

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The podcast companion to the series exploring thousands of years of visual culture.

iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
Average Ratings
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iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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The Civilisations Podcast

Updated 5 days ago

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The podcast companion to the series exploring thousands of years of visual culture.

Rank #1: Episode 2: Mary Beard, David Attenborough and Janina Ramirez

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Mary Beard talks to Viv Jones about the making of Civilisations. Plus, David Attenborough's speech from the Civilisations launch event, and art historian Dr Janina Ramirez tells you why the original Civilisation series is still well worth watching 50 years on.

Mar 08 2018

32mins

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Rank #2: Episode 4: Mary Beard, and Brian Dillon on Ruin Lust

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Mary Beard reveals the thinking behind The Eye of Faith, the fourth programme in the Civilisations series. Depicting the divine in art has been a fascination for Mary since she studied for her PhD on Roman religion. Plus, she reveals the ancient civilisation she’d most like to invite round for dinner.
The Civilisations series is packed with stunning shots of picturesque ruined places. Writer and art critic, Brian Dillon traces the long history of our fascination with ruins. He introduces us to the aristocrats of the 18th century who built imitation ruins in their gardens, and explains why the Nazis imagined how their architecture would look like after a thousand years of dilapidation.
Produced and presented by Viv Jones.

Mar 22 2018

24mins

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Rank #3: Episode 3: Ansel Adams and Escapist Prison Landscapes

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Stories of two American photographers. A few years ago, Alyse Emdur found a Polaroid of her family posed in front of a painted beach scene in the visiting room of the prison where her brother was an inmate. 'I was startled by something about it. This painting behind us represented freedom, the exact opposite of what my brother was living.' Alyse is the author of Prison Landscapes, a book about landscape art in America's prison waiting rooms. Plus, the environmental writer Kenneth Brower shares his memories of the celebrated American photographer Ansel Adams. Produced and presented by Viv Jones.

Mar 15 2018

24mins

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Rank #4: Episode 5: Caravaggio

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Viv Jones delves into the BBC archives to find out how Caravaggio’s tempestuous life - of brawls, duels, and prison escapes - is reflected in his provocative paintings. Featuring archive interviews with his biographers Helen Langdon and Andrew Graham-Dixon, curator Letizia Treves, historian Jerry Brotton and the director Martin Scorsese.

Mar 29 2018

20mins

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Rank #5: Episode 10: David Olusoga

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David Olusoga talks to Viv Jones about the making of Civilisations. They discuss his two episodes, First Contact and The Cult of Progress. David says that the great arts and history documentaries he watched growing up inspired him to become a historian and filmmaker, and he talks about the power of television to change lives.

May 03 2018

30mins

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