Part one traces the troubled origins of his genius, from boyhood beatings from his father, to fights with fellow artists.
The program shows sculptor Romolo Burati as he recreates key features of the David's face, conveying the sheer skill and craft embodied in Michelangelo's exquisite work.
To illustrate the technical skills that Michelangelo displayed, the program enlists engineer Nick McLean to follow in Michelangelo's footsteps.
Using illustrations and a diary entry from an eye witness, he develops a structure to shift the replica David through the cobbled Italian streets.
In this two-part series, leading art historians debunk the many myths surrounding the artist's extraordinary life and modern-day artists attempt to recreate elements of Michelangelo's most iconic works - from tackling fresco technique through to carving a replica of the David.
This is combined with dramatic reconstructions of Michelangelo's life based on his actual words.
Filmed in Rome and Florence, with Shakespearean actor Stephen Noonan playing the artist, the series explores how Michelangelo emerged as the true embodiment of the renaissance, allegedly divinely inspired.http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2004/02_february/05/divine_michelangelo_synopses.shtml