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Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy CityJerusalem: The Making of a Holy City
BBC Four, 2011 | Documentary
Rating: 3/5

Author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a three-part series that illuminates the history of the sacred, and peerlessly beautiful city - Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site of the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second Jewish Temple. For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the site of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Muslims, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest Sanctuary of Islam. In episode one Simon Sebag Montefiore will delve into the past to explore how this unique city came into being, explaining how it became of such major importance to the three Abrahamic faiths; and how these faiths emerged from the Biblical tradition of the Israelites. Starting with the Canaanites, Simon goes on a chronological journey to trace the rise of the city as a holy place and discusses the evidence for it becoming a Jewish city under King David. The programme explores the construction of the First Temple by Solomon through to the life and death of Jesus Christ and the eventual expulsion of the Jews by the Romans, concluding in the 7th Century AD, on the eve of the capture of Jerusalem by the Muslim Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab.


The Magic of MushroomsThe Magic of Mushrooms

Professor Richard Fortey delves into the fascinating and normally-hidden kingdom of fungi. From their spectacular birth, through their secretive underground life to their final explosive death, Richard reveals a remarkable world that few of us understand or even realize exists - yet all life on Earth depends on it.


Lost Kingdoms of Central AmericaLost Kingdoms of Central America

From the people who met Christopher Columbus to the culture that inspired the Mayans; from the vast temple pyramids to the world's oldest ball-game, Lost Kingdoms Of Central America reveals the true character of a stunning continent through its archaeology, art, people and landscapes.


Sound Waves: The Symphony of PhysicsSound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe - to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and how it works


Treasures of Ancient EgyptTreasures of Ancient Egypt
BBC Four, 2014 | Documentary, History
Rating: 5/5

Journalist and art critic Alastair Sooke travels to Egypt to investigate and discover the story of longest lasting civilization in history. He reveals 30 extraordinary masterpieces created by a nation that was diverse in both culture and geography.


Secret KnowledgeSecret Knowledge
BBC Four, 2013 | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

In a series of authored films, some of our most engaging experts reveal their favourite hidden objects, forgotten places and artistic passions.


Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch UnveiledQueen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled

Biographer A.N. Wilson uncovers the intriguing personal life of Queen Victoria through her journals and letters in this psychological portrait of Britain's longest reigning monarch.


The Wonder of AnimalsThe Wonder of Animals

This series takes a journey into the world of animals. Chris Packham explores the unique qualities of some of the successful animal groups.


Secrets of BonesSecrets of Bones

Evolutionary biologist and master skeleton builder Ben Garrod presents a six-part series looking at how bones have enabled vertebrates to colonize and dominate practically every habitat on Earth.


How the Celts Saved BritainHow the Celts Saved Britain

Provocative two-part documentary in which Dan Snow blows the lid on the traditional Anglo-centric view of history and reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages.


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