Culture

The Story of Egypt

The Story of Egypt

Egypt is home to one of the world’s earliest civilizations. Its settlements date back to 17000 BC. It was a powerful and influential empire that grew from the Nile River Valley to the eastern Mediterranean. In this fascinating series, Professor of Egyptology Joann Fletcher examines Egypt’s extraordinary rise and fall, from the empire’s humble nomadic beginnings to its zenith as pyramid builders.

Dave Harewood on Blackface: The Hidden History of Minstrelsy

Dave Harewood on Blackface: The Hidden History of Minstrelsy

Blackface used music and comedy as a delivery system for racist tropes and became the most popular form of entertainment in the Victorian era. Actor David Harewood explores the origins of Blackface minstrelsy, where white performers grotesquely darkened their skin, in early 19th-century America. How did it shape ideas of blackness in popular culture and why did it endure for so long?

One Cup: A Thousand Stories

One Cup: A Thousand Stories

Tea is so much more than a refreshing, delicious drink. It has had a significant impact on art, culture, religion, and well-being. Journeying across the beautiful and varied landscapes of China to explore its many teas, this fascinating documentary visits the people who have built a life around tea and explores the culture it has created.

Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City

Jerusalem: The Making of a Holy City

Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the rise and fall and rise again of Jerusalem, one of the world’s oldest cities. In this compelling documentary, the history of this sacred and peerlessly beautiful place in Israel is revealed. He documents how this unique city ca me into being and explains why it became so important to the
Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions.

The Balfour Declaration: The Promise to the Holy Land

The Balfour Declaration: The Promise to the Holy Land

Over 100 years ago, just 67 words on a single sheet of paper created the state of Israel. The Balfour Declaration was the first time the British government endorsed the establishment of ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine. In this insightful history documentary, BBC reporter Jane Corbin investigates the legacy of this document and its impact on global relations.