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Peter Ackroyd's Venice

Peter Ackroyd's Venice

4 Episodes

Peter Ackroyd presents this four-part documentary about the cultural history of Venice.

Peter Ackroyd's Venice
  • The City as Architecture

    Episode 1

    The biographer explores Venice, following in the footsteps of renowned English writer John Ruskin, and discovering the unique history of Isola di San Michele.

  • The City as Art

    Episode 2

    Peter Ackroyd explores the work of the 18th-century `vedute' artists, including Guardi and Canaletto, who created the most recognisable views of Venice.

  • The City as Music

    Episode 3

    Peter Ackroyd tells the story of Venetian music, from the songs of women on the seashore, to the sacred music of Antonio Vivaldi.

  • The City as Theatre

    Episode 4

    The author explores the history of theatre, parades and carnivals in the city, discovering the controversy behind the rebuilding of its opera house La Fenice.