For over 35 years from the Amazon to Afghanistan, Mexico to Mongolia, Lesbos to Lebanon, Maya Vision International has made films to entertain, educate and inspire global audiences.
Our diverse range of documentaries bring history alive, celebrate great art and artists and explain a complex world for each new generation of viewers. Whether unearthing a people’s history of Britian, telling the story of China or following modern pilgrims on their sacred journeys, Maya Vision International is an industry leader and winner some of television’s top awards, many of which are with the acclaimed historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood.
Collegial and committed to great storytelling, we work with the best crews around the world both behind and on screen and we’re proud of having nurtured young talent to successful careers through our productions.
Across all media platforms, from broadcast television to theatrical to corporate and the web Maya Vision International’s programs are trusted and celebrated internationally.
The Story of China (6×60), is a landmark documentary series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, exploring the history of the world’s oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day.
Home to over a billion people, China is the new superpower, a country we all want to understand now, and Wood argues that to do so we have to look at its history. Traveling across the country he explores the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures that have helped create China’s distinctive character and genius over more than four thousand year.
Journeying along the Silk Route, down the Grand Canal, and across the plain of the Yellow River, where Chinese civilisation began, Wood meets people from all walks of life, visiting China’s most evocative landscapes and exploring ancient cities like Xian, Nanjing and Hangzhou.
He’ll trace some of the great moments in Chinese history – from their extraordinary voyages of exploration before Columbus, to amazing scientific inventions before the European Renaissance: he’ll even show that the Chinese invented football!
A grand sweep narrative, full of big ideas and unexpected surprises, the series shows how the Chinese created their own distinctive vision of the world: a vision that is still alive in the 21st century and indeed, Wood argues, is the real motor behind the incredible and growing success of China today.
Broadcast on BBC in 2016 and PBS in 2017.
Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman
Michael Wood tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary woman in a time of revolution. Born during the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Arden is the daughter of a Warwickshire farmer, but she marries into a new life in the rising Tudor middle class in Stratford-upon-Avon. There she has eight children, three of whom die young. Her husband becomes mayor, but is bankrupted by his shady business dealings. Faced with financial ruin, religious persecution and power politics, the family is the glue that keeps them together until they are rescued by Mary’s successful eldest son – William Shakespeare!