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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Ascent of Man - it's what TV was invented for, 7 April 2006
I was fortunate enough to watch the original transmission of this series, and have re-visited repeats whenever possible. The ability to own a copy was too much to resist.
Dr Bronowski's style and the producer's approach is a refreshing change from today's documentaries. The programme makers assume the viewer has an attention span of more than 5 minutes, and do not constantly reprise the material. Those special effects that are used enhance the material, rather than cover for a lack of substance. Of course, it does show its age in some respects, eg film grain and primitive computer graphics, but this does not detract from the content. I wish that Dr Bronowski had lived longer to produce more wonderful documentaries, and that I could have studied with him, he was a great teacher.
Highly recommended, as is the book.