BBC’s in-house arts magazine series The Culture Show will pave the way for the broadcaster’s Civilisation revival with a special documentary looking back on the original series.

BBC head of arts commissions Mark Bell and acting controller of BBC2 Adam Barker ordered the one-off film, which will investigate the history and impact of the original documentary series presented by Kenneth Clark on BBC2 in 1969.

The hour-long film, Sir Kenneth Clark: Portrait Of A Civilised Man, will air on 31 May and according to the BBC, will look at the “staunch defender of Reithian values and how this Sixties man was attacked for being an elitist “posh man in tweeds”.”

The special episode follows plans revealed by BBC director general Tony Hall in March to remake Civilisation “for the digital age”, as part of the broadcaster’s greater commitment to arts programming.

The BBC is still hunting for a leading cultural figure to replace Clark as presenter of the new series.