Christianity: A History

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Eight-part history of the Christian faith, looking at its origins, development and turbulent past. High-profile British personalities examine a religion that has particular resonance for them.

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Eight-part history of the Christian faith, looking at its origins, development and turbulent past. High-profile British personalities examine a religion that has particular resonance for them.

Series 1 Summary

Ours is said to be a Godless age, yet billions remain faithful to religions thousands of years old.

This provocative eight-part series explores the history and global impact of the world's biggest religion through the personal views of leading British figures.

Over the course of the series, eight high-profile personalities - including Michael Portillo, Rageh Omaar, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Cherie Blair - look at the origins and history of the Christian faith.

In each film the presenter addresses a subject that means something particular to them. In doing so, they bring their own perspectives to a challenging and comprehensive debate that explores Christianity's role in shaping the modern world.

  • Howard Jacobson

    Episode 1

    Jesus the Jew: Howard Jacobson examines the origins and consequences of Christian beliefs.

  • Michael Portillo Rome

    Episode 2

    Broadcaster and former politician Michael Portillo investigates the role of the Roman Empire in transforming Christianity from an underground sect to the official religion.

  • Beckford leaning on a cross

    Episode 3

    Theologian and broadcaster Dr Robert Beckford argues that Britain's conversion to Christianity in the sixth century is the single most important event in the country's history.

  • Omaar above ancient stone city

    Episode 4

    Acclaimed war correspondent Rageh Omaar examines the legacy of the Crusades and the lasting impact on the relationship between Islam and the West.

  • Widdecombe-burning-cross

    Episode 5

    Ann Widdecombe MP examines the turbulent years that divided Catholics and Protestants in Western Europe five centuries ago during the period of the Reformation.

  • kwame Ethopia

    Episode 6

    Actor, playwright and broadcaster Kwame Kwei-Armah examines a new indigenous Christendom that has emerged in the developing world of the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • blakemore-particle-accelera

    Episode 7

    Scientist Colin Blakemore examines Christianity's relationship with science, arguing that science is the biggest challenge Christianity has ever faced.

  • Cherie-and-cross

    Episode 8

    In the final programme, practising Catholic and leading barrister Cherie Blair considers the challenges facing the future of Christianity.

Christianity: A History synopsis

Eight-part history of the Christian faith, looking at its origins, development and turbulent past. High-profile British personalities examine a religion that has particular resonance for them.

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