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Russia: Tsars to Putin

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Andrew Marr discusses Russia with Simon Sebag Montefiore, Amanda Vickery, Arkady Ostrovsky and David Aaronovitch. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Interviewed Guest:
Amanda Vickery
Interviewed Guest:
Arkady Ostrovsky
Interviewed Guest:
David Aaronovitch
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City

Episode 2: Invasion, Invasion, Invasion

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Sebag Montefiore continues his history of Jerusalem by discovering the impact of Islam and the crusaders' attempt to win it back for Christianity. Show more

Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City

Episode 1: Wellspring of Holiness

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Sebag Montefiore begins a history of Jerusalem by exploring how it came into being and how it became so important to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Show more

The Quizeum

Series 2

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Museum-based quiz panel show. Griff Rhys Jones tests two teams of experts at the Jewish Museum in London, founded in 1932 to tell the story of the history of the Jews in Britain. Show more

Contributors

Panellist:
Lars Tharp
Panellist:
Kate Williams
Panellist:
Jacky Klein
Executive Producer:
Aisling O'Connor
Executive Producer:
Andrew Fettis
Executive Producer:
Sarah Broughton
Director:
Peter Smith
Series Producer:
Tom Webber
Production Company:
Modern Television Ltd

Rome: A History of the Eternal City

Episode 3: The Rebirth of God's City

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Sebag Montefiore charts Rome's rise from the abandonment and neglect of the 14th century into the everlasting seat of the papacy recognised today. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Emily Davis
Director:
Emily Davis
Executive Producer:
Mike Smith

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Visiting the great mosques and palaces built by the Ottoman emperors, Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at how Istanbul became the imperial capital and Islam's most powerful city. Show more

Rome: A History of the Eternal City

Episode 1: City of the Sacred

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Sebag Montefiore uncovers the central role played by religion in the power of the city of Rome. Every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Anna Cox
Director:
Anna Cox
Executive Producer:
Mike Smith

Rome: A History of the Eternal City

Episode 2: Divine Gamble

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Sebag Montefiore charts Rome's rise to become the capital of western Christendom and its impact on the lives of its citizens, elites and high priests. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Rob Cowling
Director:
Rob Cowling
Executive Producer:
Mike Smith

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at Istanbul's Greek roots, its transformation into the capital of a Christian empire and reveals how clashes forced eastern and western churches apart. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Anna Cox
Director:
Anna Cox
Executive Producer:
Mike Smith

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Sebag Montefiore explores modern Istanbul in search of the last centuries of Christian Byzantium, when the once glorious city was buffeted by enemies from both east and west. Show more

Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City

Episode 3: Judgement Day

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

How Jerusalem became the object of rivalry between Christian nations, the focus of the longing of Jews and the site of one of the world's most intractable conflicts. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The story of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin over the 245 days that brought them to power. As the history unfolds, writers and historians debate the meaning of the Russian Revolution. Show more

Contributors

Trotsky:
Milo Twomey
Interviewed Guest:
Tariq Ali
Interviewed Guest:
Orlando Figes
Interviewed Guest:
Bridget Kendall
Interviewed Guest:
China Mieville
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Amis
Interviewed Guest:
Victor Sebestyen
Composer:
John Hardy
Executive Producer:
Nicolas Kent
Executive Producer:
Susan Jones
Production Company:
Oxford Film and Television
Production Manager:
Floury Crum
Production Manager:
Penny Davis
Director of photography:
James Swift
Focus Puller:
Mitchell Thomas
Sound Recordist:
David Runciman
Camera Operator:
Sam Hardy
Camera Operator:
Kelly Beaton
Make-up Designer:
Jutta Russell
Makeup Artist:
Sara Fagan
Makeup Artist:
Madlen Mierzwiak
Costume designer:
Heidi Miller
Production Designer:
Erik Rehl
Prop Buyer:
Kitty Walker
Production Coordinator:
Emily Rimmer
Assistant Producer:
Kathryn Ellinger

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon explores the early years of Spain's 2,000-year history, its emergence as the battleground of empires and its golden age under the Cordoba Caliphate. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon uncovers the truth about Spain's hero El Cid, investigates the horror of the Spanish Inquisition and discovers an unsettling story about one of his own ancestors. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon explores Spain's golden age under Philip II through to the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship under Franco, from which it has emerged as a modern democratic monarchy. Show more