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A Picture of Britain is a 2005 BBC television documentary series presented by David Dimbleby, which describes the British landscape and the art which it has inspired. In each of the six 1-hour episodes Dimbleby explores a different British region and discusses the ways that its landscape and culture have influenced painters, poets and composers.

A Picture of Britain
Written byDavid Dimbleby
Directed bySally Benton
Nicky Illis
Presented byDavid Dimbleby
StarringJohn Lundberg
Vera Lynn
Lady Mary Soames
Theme music composerAndrew Blaney
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)Basil Comely
Producer(s)Sally Benton
CinematographyFred Fabre
Mike Garner
Chris Hartley
Editor(s)Andrea Carnevali
Joanna Crickmay
Running time57 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 June (2005-06-05) –
10 July 2005 (2005-07-10)
External links
BBC - A Picture of Britain

The series is shot in 16:9 widescreen.



  1. The Romantic North (5 June 2005)
  2. The Flatlands (12 June 2005)
  3. Highlands and Glens (19 June 2005)
  4. The Heart of England (26 June 2005)
  5. The Home Front (3 July 2005)
  6. The Mystical West (10 July 2005)


The series was produced in association with Tate Britain; the accompanying 2005 book authored by Dimbleby has been published by Tate Publishing.

DVD releaseEdit

The region 2 DVD release of the series is by Contender Home Entertainment. It has also been packaged as part of a box set together with series 1 of Coast.

External linksEdit