Simon Schama presents the first in an epic new series on the history of art.

Even before the opening credits of this nine-part series begin, this first episode – entitled The Second Moment of Creation – proves just how important monuments and antiquities are to us by detailing the death of archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad, who was beheaded by ISIS for trying to save the ancient city of Palmyra from destruction.

Simon Schama then takes us on an incredible journey of world civilisations through art, going back as far as cave drawings from the Ice Age and showing how they influenced modern painters like Picasso. So sit back and enjoy this armchair view of art and culture that surpasses any trip to a museum or gallery.