If you want to produce an epic fifteen-part series that moves television history into the common culture, dare you do it with a single scriptwriter who also appears on camera as "presenter" and with no other talking heads? Can plural consensus on television be traded in for the immediacy of a single interpreter? Simon Schama did this for the BBC and The History Channel in his A History of Britain and beat the ratings for The Simpsons. He narrates the story of this challenge in "Fine Cutting Clio."
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