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The Elizabethan Code

Documentary series. Dr James Fox examines the Elizabethans' love of codes and complexity, and the cultural revolution sparked by an age of exploration.

Art historian Dr James Fox continues his exploration of a Renaissance that he believes was as rich and as significant in Britain as it was in Italy and Europe. He tells the story of the painters, sculptors, poets, playwrights, composers, inventors, craftsmen and scientists who revolutionised the way we saw the world.

In this episode, he explores the Elizabethans' love of secrecy, codes and complexity, and the cultural revolution sparked by an age of discovery and exploration.

1 hour


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    Max Richter

    From 553 W Elm Street, Logan Illinois (Snow) 

  • 00:45

    Drowning the Light

    With The Rain Comes Torments and The Slow Draining of Life

  • 00:53

    Daft Punk



Role Contributor
Presenter James Fox
Executive Producer Jonty Claypole
Producer Helen Nixon
Director Helen Nixon
Production Coordinator Grace Brassington
Series Producer Julian Birkett


  • Fri 28 Mar 2014 21:30
  • Sat 29 Mar 2014 21:30
  • Tue 15 Apr 2014 00:20
  • Tue 15 Apr 2014 00:50
  • Mon 10 Aug 2015 20:00
  • Fri 14 Aug 2015 00:00
  • Wed 11 Jan 2017 01:20
  • Tue 29 Jan 2019 13:00
  • Tue 29 Jan 2019 14:35
  • Mon 15 Jun 2020 01:35

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