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Published on Jan 23, 2010
The BBC and British Museum announce A History of the World - a unique and unprecedented partnership focusing on world history for 2010 The BBC and the British Museum have joined forces in an original and unprecedented public service partnership, focusing on world history. At its heart is a landmark series on BBC Radio 4, A History of the World in 100 Objects which will broadcast from 18 January 2010.
This series is a narrative global history told through the British Museums unparalleled world collection. The series will tap in to the unique power of objects to tell stories and make connections across the globe. To produce the series the BBC and the British Museum have come together in an ambitious partnership to ensure the widest possible access and engagement across radio, television and online.
A History of the World in 100 Objects is written and narrated by the British Museum Director, Neil MacGregor and produced by BBC Radio 4. The 15-minute programmes will be broadcast in the key timeslot of 09.45 from Monday to Friday (repeat at 19.45). Each programme will focus on one object from the Museums extensive collection and will include additional voices from a range of contributors including Bob Geldof, Wole Soyinka, Grayson Perry, Madhur Jaffrey and Seamus Heaney and many others.
Each week of programmes will be tied to a particular theme, such as after the ice age or meeting the gods. Objects have been selected to cover the broadest possible chronological and geographical period, and tell a history of the world from two million years ago to the present day. The 100 programmes will be broadcast in three tranches throughout 2010.