New series. Simon Schama presents the first in a series of films on the history of art, which focuses on the oldest signs of creativity. The programme looks at the oldest known cave paintings in South Africa, which date back 80,000 years, and the earliest examples of humans producing art for its own sake, rather than for ritualistic reasons. Simon asks how these ancient cultures rise - and how they fall - travelling to the civilisations of Petra in the Middle East and the Maya in Central America for answers.