Friday, April 20, 2018

Not as much Beard

Mary Beard believes she's been largely edited out of the US version of Civilisations, being shown on PBS, co-producers of the series with the BBC and Nutopia. She says Simon Schama and David Olusoga's programmes have also been revised, but tweeted "I hardly appear (not to mention, more important, the disappearance of most of my actual argument!) . . . can’t help think that a slightly creaky old lady with long grey hair isn’t ideal for US TV?"

PBS said their version was always planned to be different, hence the appearance of voice-over specialist Liev Schreiber as narrator.  Ms Beard understands that the UK version will eventually be available at PBS Online.

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