Tuesdays, 4:15 PM ET on BBC2
Series in which David Dimbleby journeys around Britain and considers how the landscape has inspired artists through the centuries
David Dimbleby explores the images that have helped define England - thatched cottages, rolling Downs and hidden villages along the coast of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. This has also been the place of threat and invasion, The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies above Kent. Dimbleby sails his own boat, Rocket, through the treacherous waters of the Solent that inspired JMW Turner's seascapes, explores the hills immortalised by William Blake in Jerusalem and discovers the terrible beauty of paintings by war artist Paul Nash. His journey comes to an end on the white cliffs of Dover where Dame Vera Lynn serenades him with her wartime classic 'There'll be blue birds over...'.
David Dimbley embarks on a journey around britain revealing how the breathtaking countryside has inspired some of the most beautiful paintings in the history of art. In the opening episode he explores the Lake District - sailing the lakes, firing cannon at the mountains, climbing peaks in deepest snow in the footsteps of a painter who slipped to his death, and is serenaded by a brass band in a ravine. He also visits the little known but stunning Gordale Scar. For years it was deemed unpaintable by even the most romantic artists, until one heroic painter came along and changed the history of art.