Four-part documentary The Ascent of Woman to hit BBC Two

Four-part documentary The Ascent of Woman to hit BBC Two

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Thursday, 20th August 2015

A trailblazing four-part documentary series on the history of women will air on BBC Two this autumn.

Charting the role of women in society over 10,000 years, The Ascent Of Woman is the first ever documentary to explore the history of women from the birth of civilisation to the contemporary era.

Focusing on the themes of freedom, oppression, inclusion and exclusion, the series aims to study the status of women and women’s rights.

The series is written and presented by Dr Amanda Foreman, the author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

Speaking about the upcoming series, Foreman commented: "Whether you look to the past or the present, the inclusion of women in the public space – from the economy to culture – is a vital component of a prosperous and peaceful society”.

Produced by Emma Hindley (Great Ormond Street), episodes one and two will be directed by Hugo Macgregor (Meet the Romans with Mary Beard) while episodes three and four will be by Louise Hooper (When Bjork Met Attenborough).

The first episode, ‘Civilisation’ will air on Wednesday 2nd September at 9pm on BBC Two. 


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