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Greenlit: A Very British Renaissance, BBC2

A Very British Renaissance (3 x 60′) –  Presented by celebrated art historian Dr James Fox (A History Of Art In Three Colours, British Masters), this series explores the British Renaissance, an epoch that saw Britain shed its medieval shackles and embrace a world of cutting edge art, literature, architecture and science. But this was no slavish imitation of Continental fashion: this was a very British renaissance.

James Fox takes viewers on a journey which is as surprising as it is stimulating, looking at culture not merely through the prism of the court but through a succession of extraordinary figures seen in a new way – from familiar giants such as Holbein and Van Dyck to astronomers such as Nicholas Kretzer, brilliant miniaturists like Nicholas Hilliard, architects such as Robert Smythson, the poet and intriguer Sir Thomas Wyatt, the obsessive code maker Sir Thomas Tresham, and a host of dynamic artists, thinkers and patrons absent from the standard histories. This will be an extraordinary portrait of a society in a state of constant flux.

Channel: BBC2

Producer: BBC

TX: Late 2013

Source: BBC press release

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