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Anyone else watching Civilisation on iplayer?

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lucydogz · 28/02/2018 22:42

I'm really enjoying it - and have very little hope that the new series will be half as good.

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MercedesDeMonteChristo · 11/03/2018 14:06

I've only watched the Olusoga episodes on iPlayer. They were excellent. I have enjoyed but not loved the two televised Schama and Beard episodes.

MichaelBendfaster · 13/03/2018 11:45

I've never seen the original. I've only seen the first ep of the new one so far but I thought it was a corker.

The opening bit about Khaled al-Asaad being beheaded was Shock and absolutely the way to open the series. You could feel Schama's rage and pain, but also his ferocious determination to interrogate and defend civilisation.

The cave paintings were spine-tingling and the Mycenean ring with the 'first fight scene in history' was jaw-dropping.

The tiny head of a woman was exquisite.

I could go on! Am very behind, obviously, but very much looking forward to the first Mary Beard one, and I love David Olusoga.

MercedesDeMonteChristo · 13/03/2018 16:00

For me Olusoga definitely steals the show. Totally agree with your observations and I too have never seen the original. I am a fan of all hree really so it was always going to work on some level for me. Art history is slightly left of my discipline usually but am enjoying the insights.

You are in for some real treats with Olusoga as his episodes include contact with the West and he is great on colonialism etc in my opinion.

MichaelBendfaster · 13/03/2018 16:49

he is great on colonialism etc in my opinion.

He certainly was in A House Through Time recently. I think he's terrific.

MercedesDeMonteChristo · 13/03/2018 21:39

I could literally talk about A House Through Time for hours and am actually writing one of my university assignments on it (well TV history but with this as the case study).

MichaelBendfaster · 14/03/2018 10:05

I wrote a very gushing email to the BBC to tell them how much I loved it and that I hoped they'd give him another series.

It's such a great idea that potentially it could just run and run.

MercedesDeMonteChristo · 14/03/2018 13:48

Hahah, do we need to rename this the David Olusoga Appreciation Thread.

MichaelBendfaster · 14/03/2018 16:05

Or start one Grin

MercedesDeMonteChristo · 14/03/2018 17:44

Though it seems a fan club of two at the moment

MichaelBendfaster · 14/03/2018 23:34

We've scared everyone else off...

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