Renowned as 'The mid of the renaissance', the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci reaches beyond the centuries. Painter, sculptor, engineer and scientist, in each field Da Vinci was both master and pioneer creator of some of the world's greatest artistic masterpieces, he was also a visionary whose fantastic inventions would become reality hundreds of years after his death. Set against the backdrop of the 15th century Italian opulence, this programme profiles Da Vinci's life and examines his restless imagination and endless stream of ideas. Born a bastard child of a poor farmer's daughter and respected notary, his insatiable curiosity and limitless desire for knowledge saw him catapulted out of obscurity and into the courts of kings. His story is one remarkable courage in the face of adversity.