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5.0 out of 5 stars Skillfully crafted, a gem of a documentary, 10 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Andrew Marr's History of the World [DVD] (DVD)
Andrew Marr has crafted a gem. Perhaps not the most photogenic presenter around, nevertheless he excels at his new craft; his previous being that of a journalist. His inflexion, intonation & studied pauses add to the story.

Comprising 8 episodes, this series covers man's history over the past 70,000 years.
1. Survival: How the earliest humans spread around the world, adapting and surviving against the odds.
2. Age of Empire: The story of the first empires which laid the foundations for the modern world.
3. The Word and the Sword: Charting the spiritual revolutions that shook the world between 300 BC and 700 AD.Episodes.
4. Into the Light: This episode covers the Middle Ages, when Vikings explored and pillaged
5. Age of Plunder: Illustrating Europe's rise from piracy to private enterprise
6. Revolution: Exploration of a time when people worldwide rose up in the name of freedom and equality.
7. Age of Industry. Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world.
8. Age of Extremes: Bringing the story right up to date with the twentieth century.
Comprising up to 10 stories per episode from around the world, Andrew weaves & builds the central thesis of each episode. The rich, lush & realistic re-enactments immerse one in the action. Central to the presentation is Marr's narration occurring at the location of the related action being discussed. For instance the story of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima highlights this with Andrew wandering around modern day Hiroshima. All of this attention to detail & realism is what makes this presentation stand head & shoulders above the dross so often seen with their poor presentations & skimpy re-enactments that remain implausible for the Viewer.

Each Episode provides an eclectic mix of case studies which provide much food for thought about the human condition. Marr's concise, lucid & engaging analysis rounds off the presentation.

All history lovers will be enthralled as I was by this production. Undoubted an opus magnis on this topic, it will be at least a decade before anything close to & on this scale will be produced again.

Hats off to the BBC History Department!
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2013 20:53:50 GMT
Jim M. says:
This was a good review spoiled by the necessity of the author feeling it important to mention Andrew Marr's aesthetics. Why?

Posted on 25 Jun 2014 10:11:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2014 10:15:48 BDT
Biggis says:
Marr's looks - not that there is anything wrong with them - are, quite simply, irrelevant to his skills as a journalist and presenter. If I remember correctly, Marr actually wrote this series, and surely it's better to have a presenter who knows his or her stuff rather than somebody who looks nice in front of the camera - again, not that Marr doesn't - but is told what to say.
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