Intro by Arts Producer John Wyver and academic Kevin M. Flanagan
Great Temples of the World: Chartres Cathedral
Prod Alastair Reid
The Royal Palaces of Britain
Dir Anthony de Lotbinière
Before his groundbreaking work on Civilisation (BBC 1969), Kenneth Clark tested out various formulas for presenting the arts on television. In his Great Temples of the World Series, Clark is his usual affable (if reserved) self, and invites the audience along with him as he investigates some of the most celebrated religious sites in the world. Chartres places the cathedral into the context of its stubbornly modernising town and provides an assessment that doubles as an introduction to Gothic architecture.
In The Royal Palaces of Britain, a joint BBC and ITV production from 1966, Kenneth Clark explores the construction and architectural significance of Britain’s royal palaces.
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