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A Picture of Britain
David Dimbleby in A Picture of Britain

A Picture of Britain

Starts 5 June on BBC ONE and across other BBC output


Exhibition at Tate Britain 15 June –

4 September 2005


A Picture of Britain is a celebration of the British landscape as seen through the eyes of artists, writers and composers.


From the breathtaking mountains of the Scottish Highlands and North Wales to the intimate hamlets of Sussex and Gloucestershire, generations of artists have been captivated by Britain's countryside and, in turn, their images and words have influenced our impressions and love of the British landscape.


A landmark six-part BBC ONE TV series presented by David Dimbleby, a major exhibition at Tate Britain, and other BBC programmes journey through Britain to explore the connections between landscape, art and identity.


A Picture of Britain has been developed from the start as a collaboration between BBC producers and Tate Britain curators.


Drawing on major works from public and private collections - as well as from the Tate's own unrivalled collection of British landscape painting - the exhibition includes work by JMW Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and Edwin Landseer, and more recently Paul Nash and Richard Long.


For the BBC ONE series, David Dimbleby travels across the country, then to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to tell the stories of featured artists, reveal intriguing facts and anecdotes and discuss artistic technique.


The words of novelists and poets from Charles Dickens to Dylan Thomas and the music of leading composers including Elgar and Vaughn Williams also feature in the series.


A Digital Picture of Britain on BBC FOUR complements the BBC ONE series by showing top photographers including Eamonn McCabe and Richard Billingham chronicling contemporary Britain - and invites people across the country to capture their own picture of Britain.




VisitBritain, the authority for tourism in Britain, has joined forces with the BBC and Tate Britain to produce a dedicated colour map detailing key locations featured in the six-part BBC ONE TV series presented by David Dimbleby and the exhibition at Tate Britain.


The map is designed to encourage people to get out and about exploring Britain and Northern Ireland's rich and diverse scenery and the connections between landscape, art and identity.


The hard-copy map has the outline map featured on one side and the locations listed on another.


An online version at will feature an interactive map, with clickable regions, leading the viewer to see detailed information on how they can visit that landscape in real life.


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