Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark â€” is an influential television documentary series outlining the history of Western art, architecture, and philosophy since the Dark Ages. The series was produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC Two. Both the television material and an accompanying book were written by art historian Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), who also presented the series. The series is considered to be a landmark in British Television's broadcasting of the visual arts.
In this the first episode Clark travels from Byzantine Ravenna to the Celtic Hebrides, from the Norway of the Vikings to Charlemagne's chapel at Aachen, telling his story of the Dark Ages; the six centuries following the collapse of the Roman Empire.