Civilisation and the Rise of the Television Blockbuster Documentary

Mary Irwin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


This article examines how Civilisation created a formula for putting together and presenting documentary series on British television using expensive production values and a well-respected presenter to introduce serious cultural content. It explores the international and historic impact of Civilisation, which became the blueprint for a whole range of popular, high-budget, internationally co-produced documentary series from the early 1970s onwards: the ‘blockbuster documentary’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-376
JournalJournal of British Cinema and Television
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Civilisation and the Rise of the Television Blockbuster Documentary'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this