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BBC set to launch more archi-TV

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The BBC has scheduled another spate of architectural programming to hit the nation's television screens over the next 12 months.

The corporation has revealed plans for two mini-documentary series featuring the work of Michelangelo and Christopher Wren.

The programmes - which will be scheduled on BBC1 - will assess the architectural contribution of the two men, while also focusing on their contributions to the other arts.

Newsreader Michael Burke will present the Wren documentary, assessing Wren's work as the 'man who invented Britain - an artist, mathematician, anatomist and alchemist'. It will include dramatisations of Wren's battle with government to sanction the demolition of the old St Paul's Cathedral and the adoption of his proposed replacement project.

The Michelangelo series will be made up of two one-hour programmes. It will illustrate his work, using engineers and artists to attempt to recreate parts of his great works, including a section of the Dome of St Peter's and a part of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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