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Neil MacGregor considers the role that images play in the expression of shared beliefs - how they are reproduced, interpreted and rejected, and how they change our behaviour.

Neil MacGregor continues the omnibus editions of his series on the expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world and across time.

In this programme he focuses on images - how they are made, re-made and endlessly reproduced, how they can carry different meanings, and can change the way we behave. He also considers the spiritual communities who reject the image and focus instead on the word.

Producer Paul Kobrak

Produced in partnership with the British Museum
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.

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57 minutes

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Neil MacGregor tells the stories of some of the key objects in the series.

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