Look out this week for a brand-new new three-part programme which premieres on BBC four at 9 PM this Thursday, 5 December 2013.


Byzantium: a tale of three cities, Traces the secret history of Istanbul.

Described as the ‘city of the world’s desire’ it has been the focus of three faiths –  paganism, Christianity and Islam.

With a history of over 2500 years it has been the stage for some of the fiercest political and religious conflict in history.

Historian Simon sebag Montefiore begins this week by uncovering Istanbul’s Greek roots and maps it’s transformation into the capital of the Roman empire by constant time the great.