Bettany Hughes Presents New Radio and TV Shows

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Bettany Hughes is an advisor to the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) and member of its consultant network Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG). Her Youtube films on East/West understanding produced by FSTC were part of the content that won Queen Rania's Youtube first ever Visionary Award.

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Starting on Wednesday 24th March 2010 at 9pm on More 4, Bettany Hughes, author, academic and broadcaster, presents a seven week season of films about the Ancient World. The series starts with a new documentary about the neglected culture of Alexandria. As part of the documentary, the programme will be exploring the life of the philosopher and mathematician Hypatia (died March 415), a Greek scholar from Alexandria in Egypt, considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy.

Bettany Hughes is an advisor to the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) and member of its consultant network Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG). Her Youtube films on East/West understanding produced by FSTC were part of the content that won Queen Rania's Youtube first ever Visionary Award.

Figure 1: Bettany Hughes lecturing in the conference organised by FSTC in London Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion at Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House, Westminster, London (15 October 2008). (© FSTC 2008). (Source 1Source 2).

Bettany Hughes' TV and Radio Programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC include Athens - the Truth About Democracy, When the Moors Ruled Europe, and Seven Ages of Britain. Her most recent book Helen of Troy has now been translated into ten languages. She is currently writing a book on Socrates.

She has written and presented a number of documentaries for television including When The Moors Ruled Europe, Helen of Troy and The Spartans for Channel 4. In recognition of her contribution to research, Bettany has been awarded a Research Fellowship at King's London. Bettany Hughes lectures throughout the world. She has been invited to universities in the US, Australia, Germany, Turkey and Holland to speak on subjects as diverse as Helen of Troy and the origins of female 'Sophia' to concepts of Time in the Islamic world. She considers her work in the lecture hall and seminar room amongst the most important, and rewarding she does.

Next year Bettany will be a judge on the international literary Orange Prize and will be starting a major new series for BBC Radio 4. With Bahcesehir University and Lion TV she is producing a landmark 13 part series ‘The River Runs West' on the story of the collaboration of world civilisations – starting East and working West, working in conjunction with the Civilisation Studies Centre in Istanbul.

Figure 3: Poster of the programme The Ancient World presented by Bettany Hughes. Courtesy of Bettany Hughes.

Bettany Hughes Upcoming Events and Broadcasts 2010

Broadcast Projects

February 14

‘THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE' – THE BIBLE: A HISTORY – Channel 4, 7pm

March 14

TIME TEAM Special Guest - Digging up Westminster Abbey, Channel 4, 7pm

March 24

‘THE STORY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD – WITH BETTANY HUGHES'
Eight week season, 15 hours of documentary film, covering 3 000 years of humanity's history. More4, 9 pm

March 24 ALEXANDRIA: CITY OF DREAMS
March 31 ENGINEERING ANCIENT EGYPT
April 7 THE MINOANS
April 14 HELEN OF TROY
April 21 THE SPARTANS
April 28 ATHENS – THE DAWN OF DEMOCRACY
May 5 ENGINEERING ANCIENT ROME
May 12 WHEN THE MOORS RULED IN EUROPE

March 21 and 28

‘BANISHING EVE' (where have all the women in religion gone?) for BBC Radio 4, 1.30pm

April 2

‘THE CROSS' Good Friday Special, BBC One

May 24

‘A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS' – The Warren Cup, BBC Radio 4

Late Summer

‘ATLANTIS – THE EVIDENCE' on BBC 2

September

‘THE ARYANS', BBC Radio 3

September

TIME TEAM Special Guest - Britain's Napoleonic Prisoner of War Camp, Channel 4, 7pm

October 7

‘THE HEMLOCK CUP' – a major new book on Socrates, published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Knopf in the US

Additional resources

Articles

Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion (1001 Inventions in UK Parliament)
The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group Meeting (24 March 2009, Royal Society, London)
Muslim Heritage in Our World: Social Cohesion

Videos

Muslim Heritage In Our Schools - Bettany Hughes
Muslim Heritage In Our Homes - introduced by HM Queen Rania
Al-Jazari - Master Engineer and Father of Robotics
1001 Inventions Muslim Heritage Exhibition - Science Museum - South Kensington, London
When the Moors Ruled Europe: Documentary (full) (2005)

Websites

If you do not have access to British TV, you can watch each episode online after it airs on television at: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od
The website of Channel 4: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-ancient-world-with-bettany-hughes
BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rd4f1
Bettany Hughes website: www.bettanyhughes.com

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