Filmed in Britain, France, Germany, Portugal and America this landmark series for ARTE, Beijing TV and BBC Worldwide tells the story of one of the most significant and revolutionary periods of human history – THE ENLIGHTEMNENT. Over two visually sumptuous hours we explore the key ideas and principal characters of the 18th Century which gave birth to the new conception of the Rights of Man, opening the door to political democracy, scientific enquiry and technological innovation – the forces that shaped the world in which we live today.