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Seven Ages of Britain is a BBC television documentary series written and presented by David Dimbleby. The seven part series was first aired on Sunday nights at 9:00pm on BBC One starting on 31 January 2010.

The series covers the history of Britain's greatest art and artefacts over the past 2000 years. Each episode covers a different period in British history. In Australia, all seven episodes aired on ABC1 each Tuesday at 8:30pm from 7 September 2010.[1]

Production

Originally the series was to air in late 2009, but was later re-scheduled to early 2010.[2] The HD edition of the show aired on BBC HD and repeats aired on BBC Two.

In Summer 2009 artist Nathaniel Mellors was commissioned by the BBC to make a short "work of modern art" to introduce the final episode of the series. The resultant work The Seven Ages of Britain Teaser features Dimbleby voicing a silicon mask cast from his own face, alongside actors Gwendoline Christie ( as 'The Operator') and Johnny Vivash (as 'Kadmus').

Episodes

Episode number Title Period covered Airdate Viewers
1 "Age of Conquest" AD 43 – 1066 31 January 2010 4.2 million (16%)[3]
2 "Age of Worship" 1170–1400 7 February 2010 4.3 million (16%)[4]
3 "Age of Power" 1509–1609 14 February 2010 4.5 million (17.1%)[5]
4 "Age of Revolution" 1603–1708 28 February 2010 4.4 million (16.5%)[6]
5 "Age of Money" 1700–1805 7 March 2010 3.82 million (14.2%)[7]
6 "Age of Empire" 1770–1911 14 March 2010 3.72 million (14.6%)[8]
7 "Age of Ambition" 1914 – Now 21 March 2010 3.347 million (12.6%)[9]

2003 Channel 4 series by the same title

Channel 4 had previously aired a series by the same title but covering a broader time period in 2003, presented by Bettany Hughes. The series has since been picked up by the Discovery Channel.

References

  1. ^ "ABC1 Programming Airdate: Seven Ages Of Britain (episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "New arts series for BBC One, The Seven Ages Of Britain with David Dimbleby". BBC Press Office. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  3. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (2010-02-01). "TV ratings: Andy Murray Australian Open defeat peaks above 6m viewers". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  4. ^ Conlan, Tara (2010-02-08). "TV ratings: Haiti single documentary draws 7.3m to ITV1". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ Deans, Jason (2010-02-15). "TV ratings: More than 4m watch Gordon Brown interview". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  6. ^ "'Being Human' ends run with 1 million". DigitalSpy. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  7. ^ Deans, Jason (2010-03-08). "TV ratings: Wonders of the Solar System pulls in 2.8m". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  8. ^ "7 million see Danny Young exit 'DOI'". DigitalSpy. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  9. ^ Plunkett, John (2010-03-22). "TV ratings: Nick Clegg interview polls just over 1m". London: DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 

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