Two Thousand Years:
Two films for ITV's millennium history of Christianity.
Programme Six: A Voice in the West
The mysterious journey of monasticism from the Egyptian desert to Ireland, where monks gathered in their own versions of desert caves such as the rocky island of Skellig Michael; how Irish missionaries spread monasticism throughout Europe.
Programme Fifteen: Man: the measure of all things
Set in Florence, where the new humanism culminated in Savonarola's bonfire of the vanities.
"Other people go to work and deal with money, or food, or administration. I go to work and think of malice and crime and evil." The crime novelist Ian Rankin goes on a journey in search of the ideas behind the notion of the word "evil". What do we mean when we use the word? How does it function in the modern world?
Martin Hoyle: Financial Times
Intriguing and entertaining even though it does strike a blow for disturbing subjects thoughtfully treated..... Absorbing and thought-provoking - rare on a Saturday night.
"An absorbing three-part investigation and the quest is no arcane academic exercise...".
"Fascinating ...Intelligent and compassionate television."
"The depth and range of Rankin's curiosity were impressive; a very good programme...".