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
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
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
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 www.visitengland.com/maps 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.