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Street philosophy with Bettany Hughes, and changing ideas about harmony through time at an opera reharsal, in a garden, in mythology and on the battlefield.

Bettany Hughes considers changing ideas about harmony at an operas rehearsal, in a garden, in mythology and on the battlefield.

This surprising and invigorating history of the most influential ideas in the story of civilisation, has been described as 'a double espresso shot of philosophy, history, science and the arts'. Award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes begins each programme with the first, extant evidence of a single word-idea in Ancient Greek culture and travels both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history, and how they've shaped us.

In this programme Bettany explores harmony with experts from the humanities and sciences, people who see these big philosophical ideas playing out in their own lives including Chinese soprano Beibei Wang, conductor Peter Knapp, philosopher Angie Hobbs, art historian Pippa Shirley, gardener Andy Flitney and Royal Navy chaplain Stu Hallam. Bettany reveals where these ideas were born and then explores the street markets, churches, offices and homes where they continue to morph and influence our daily lives, including Blackheath Halls in South East London and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.

Other ideas in this series are character, narcissism, technology and hubris. Ideas examined previously include idea, desire, agony, fame, justice, wisdom, comedy, liberty, peace and hospitality, virtue, psyche, charisma, irony and nemesis.

Readings: Sean Baker

Series Producer: Dixi Stewart.

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15 minutes