Religion documentaries

Religion, faith, and deities have always guided and influenced societies. Sign up for BBC Select in the US and Canada to watch BBC religion documentaries presented by the likes of Louis Theroux, Richard Dawkins and Bettany Hughes, to see how belief systems have shaped cultures over the years.

Divine Women

Divine Women with Bettany Hughes on BBC Select

Why is the role of women in religion so controversial and has it always been that way? Award winning historian Bettany Hughes explores the complex attitudes towards women and religion, from 10,000 BC to the present day, in this enthralling BBC history documentary.

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The status of females and faith continues to be a contentious subject. But it wasn’t always this way. In the past, women were often powerful players in the act of worship, from the very birth of organized religion. Join Bettany Hughes on a journey across the world and throughout history the explore hidden and sometimes controversial history of women in religion.

A History of Christianity

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In this illuminating BBC documentary series, Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the world’s leading historians, reveals the genesis of Christianity and explores what it means to be a Christian.

Along the way he unearths surprising facts about the religion, including how it started and the development of ideas surrounding God and Jesus. Can looking at Christianity’s past reveal clues about its future?

Mars Uncovered: Ancient God of War

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Classicist Bettany Hughes investigates the enduring relationship between violence and worship by following the trail, through time, of the ancient god of war: Mars.

In this BBC history documentary, Bettany asks if celebrating war is a way of bringing societies together by creating ‘them’ and ‘us’ and how Romans, and later Christian crusaders, justified bloodshed. But can war ever be justified?

Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy

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Is there more to Bacchus, the celebrated god of wine, debauchery and excess, than merely being a party animal?

Bettany Hughes gets under the skin of the ecstasy god in this revealing BBC history documentary. She learns that alcohol was used to bring communities together and that ecstatic worship was vital to the lives of ancient women. But what’s the connection between Bacchus and Jesus?

Venus Uncovered: Ancient Goddess of Love

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It’s the story of one of antiquity’s most potent forces. A story of naked human desire and how that desire transformed who we are and how we behave.

Classicist Bettany Hughes embarks on a voyage of discovery, traveling across the globe to reveal the truth about the love, fertility and sex goddess Venus in this BBC history documentary. What relevance does this immortal have in the 21st century?