The Celts believed in benign spirits and demonic forces, but made no churches or temples. Nature itself was their cathedral. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally visits ancient Celtic settlements in Austria, Italy and Greece.
Across the Middle East certain subjects are taboo. Sex outside marriage, homosexuality and converting from Islam. In a three-part documentary series, correspondents from BBC's Arabic Service explore the hidden world of sex and religion in the Middle East. Christians can practice their faith freely across much of the Arab world but converting from Islam to Christianity is another matter entirely. Omar Abdul-Razek, from the BBC's Arabic Service, investigates the hidden world of converts.
Father Bob and John continue their oddest of the odd couple television relationship in a current affairs-cum-chat show with a spiritual twist.
The Inca worshipped both a creator god and the sun, moon and stars. In this episode, host Christy Kenneally travels to the Peruvian Andes to explore the remnants of Inca civilisation - the city of Pisac, which, like all Inca cities, was designed in the shape of a sacred animal; Cajamarca, where the Inca leader Atahualpa was murdered by the Spaniards; and the sacred mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.
In this 12 part series John Safran teams up with his maverick match in wit and weird wisdom, Father Bob Maguire. Father Bob and John continue their oddest of the odd couple television relationship in a current affairs-cum-chat show with a spiritual twist.
The Maya believed they owed a blood-debt to the Gods - one that could only be repaid through sacrifice. Deep in the rainforest of Guatemala, host Christy Kenneally explores the massive Mayan city of Tikal. In Mexico, he discovers the secrets of the spectacular temples of Palenque and Chichen Itza. And on the Island of Flores, Guatemala, he reflects on the final stand of the Maya against the invading Spaniards.
Another reincarnation of the infinitely variable John Safran. This time around Safran teams up with his maverick match in wit and weird wisdom, Father Bob Maguire in a current affairs-cum-chat show with a spiritual twist.
In this episode, host Christy Kenneally visits the Forum, the epicentre of Roman religion, and the Pantheon, sanctuary of the Roman Gods. In Caerleon in Wales, he reveals how the Romans carried their religion to the farthest reaches of the empire. And at Ephesus in Turkey, he traces the rise of the Christian deity that would ultimately overthrow the Roman gods.
An exclusive tour behind the forbidding walls of the tiniest state on earth. From the kitchens to the workshops, from the Vatican's fire department to its very own farm, the filmmakers capture the industriousness and cheer of those who work behind the scenes to keep Vatican City running smoothly. This episode looks at Christmas preparations.
The two-part series, Inside the Vatican offers a rare insight into the inner most workings of the Vatican. Portraying everyday life inside the Vatican has been practically impossible up to now. But in this lighthearted series, viewers are taken on an exclusive tour behind the forbidding walls of the tiniest state on earth.
The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with divinity, death, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Host Christy Kenneally visits Saqqara, south of Cairo, where the Egyptians learned the technique of mummification and built the first pyramid as an early prototype for the grand monuments of the Giza pyramid complex.
This series explores the tense relationship between Iran and the West, through the words of the inside players. How did Iran manage to seize the US embassy and bring down the Jimmy Carter presidency? What role has Iran played in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what are their nuclear intentions?
Iran vs Carter. Iran vs Reagan. Iran vs Bush. Iran vs Obama? Part of the "Axis of Evil", a rising nuclear threat? The two-part documentary series, Iran and the West explores the tense relationship between Iran and the West, through the words of the inside players. How did Iran manage to seize the US embassy and bring down the Jimmy Carter presidency? What role has Iran played in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what are their nuclear intentions?
In the last remaining Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan reincarnation is a way of life, but in recent years more and more children are claiming to be reincarnates forcing the Bhutanese government to step in.
In 1993 the National Gallery of Ireland made a stunning announcement: a lost painting by Caravaggio had been discovered in Dublin. Compass: Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece: The Taking of Christ, tells the story of this lost treasure.
British theologian Robert Beckford traces the relationship between faith and film, from the first Bible movies, made more than a century ago, to the present day.
It is an event that changed the course of human history, and yet, beyond the familiar biblical accounts, shockingly little is known historically about the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. What did he do that resulted in his execution? Who was responsible for his trial and sentencing? How did the story of his execution get reported and passed down through the ages? And why do most biblical historians insist that the gospel story we know, simply can not be true? The Trial of Jesus will reconstruct the 'scene of the crime' and shed new light on the trial and execution, whose story has reverberated - often with great negative effect - through history.
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