Civilisations

BBC launches Civilisations and the Civilisations Festival at The National Gallery, London

Introduction by Jane Root, Founder and Chief Executive, Nutopia

This series offers a truly global perspective on the role that art has played in shaping civilisations across the world. It is both informative and confronting and is a programme that I am incredibly proud of.Jane Root, Founder and Chief Executive, Nutopia
Date: 07.02.2018     Last updated: 07.02.2018 at 14.32
Civilisations has been a real labour of love for our team at Nutopia for over three years - filming across six continents, in 31 countries.

The result is truly stunning - with epic cinematography, and combining both informative, high-end documentary series with a real sense of drama.

We at Nutopia have always been drawn to programme ideas that tackle the big subjects in new ways, as that is what really resonates with audiences around the world. That’s exactly what drew us to the concept of Civilisations.

But you can’t just remake something like Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation. Just as he was responding to the challenge of his time - so we have to be inspired by the challenges we face today.

This series offers a truly global perspective on the role that art has played in shaping civilisations across the world. It is both informative and confronting and is a programme that I am incredibly proud of.

The whole team has worked incredibly hard to produce such a stunning end result, and it shows. From the challenges of filming deep in the darkness of the Palaeolithic painted caves in El Castillo and Tito Bustillo in Spain, where preservation of the images is paramount and lighting is complex - to trekking high up the game passes of South Africa’s San Rock mountain in the scorching heat to get those truly breath-taking shots across the whole valley.

And we were also incredibly lucky to be given rare and honoured permission to access some of the world’s best artwork. The team was permitted to film in the pit of China’s Terracotta Warriors. We took tracks down, allowing us to move slowly along the line of these magnificent, individual warriors to really capture the vast scale of the tableau. We were also granted access to the private paintings of the Maharajah of Jodhpur, India, and were given special access to film the Benin Bronzes, which is a real highlight of episode six.

It truly is a wonderful show and I am delighted to be working in partnership with the BBC and PBS, who both have a world-class reputation for being home to high quality arts and documentary programming, and bringing them to audiences in the UK - and around the world.