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Across three beautifully-shot programmes, BBC Four recreates the strange, decadent and futuristic world of the 1890s. The final decade of Queen Victoria’s reign truly captured the public imagination.
In their respective films, Dr Hannah Fry, Paul McGann and Phillipa Perry explore the technology, art and culture of the 1890s, revealing the continued impact of the fin-de-siècle on our shared humanity; our evolving ideas of gender and sexuality; and what it means to live in a post-truth world.
Each authored programme has its own distinct identity but the series is united by a Victorian graphical world of their imagination, their fantasies and anxieties. Welcome to the sensational world of Queen Victoria's final years.
Available as 1 x 60'
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Dr Hannah Fry journeys into the technological breakthroughs of the 1890s. The X-Ray is invented, the skies become a potential battleground and sparks fly through the air as electricity appears to give the Victorians superpowers.Screener
Decadence and Degeneration
Paul McGann discovers how fears of moral and imperial decline terrified 1890s Britain – informing the daring plays of Oscar Wilde and the fantastical stories of H G Wells.Screener
Seeing and Believing
Philippa Perry explores the first Information Age – where the invention of motion pictures goes hand in hand with a deep belief in the paranormal.Screener
- Series Title : Victorian Sensations
- Format : 3 x 60'
- Production company : Academy 7
- Year of production : 2019
- Commissioning channels : BBC Four