by Jonathan Conlin


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Kenneth Clark's Civilisation (1969),wasalandmark documentary series,pioneering the 'presenter as hero' model. Jonathan Conlin draws on interviews with the original crew and archival research to reveal a series that combined scepticism towards traditional ideas of progress with an inclusive approach to its audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844572700
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: BFI TV Classics Series
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN CONLIN is Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of The Nation's Mantelpiece: A History of the National Gallery (Pallas Athene, 2006).

Table of Contents

A Personal View.- Mating Pandas.-Trahison de Clark.-Indulgent Mandarins.-The Glory and the Grandeur.-Sad and Polished.-Close Enough To Touch.-A Sense of Place.-Confronting The Infinite.-
A Television Milestone.-The Art of Travel.-Trying Not To Get Screwed.-Civilisation in America.-Playing to the Gallery.-God Bless Xerox.-Viewers Like Him.-Waiting for the Barbarians.-Patronize Me.-Rebels Without Cause.-Being Human.-Bibliography.-Notes.

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The first of a new genre – a fascinating assessment of a television series made soon enough to record the intentions and experiences of its makers yet distant enough to assess its place in cultural history.' – Sir David Attenborough

'Jonathan Conlin's succinct and elegant monograph describes the phenomenon in both width and depth ... a fascinating account of the series' intellectual background.' – Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator

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