Bettany Hughes embarks on a journey across the eastern Mediterranean to discover the truth about Helen of Troy.
Following weapons experts, the two-hour film shows how the conflict in Helen's name would have been fought, unraveling the reality from the myths and putting flesh on ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’.
Broadcaster: Channel 4 & PBS
TX Date: October 2005
Format: 2 x 60
Hughes explains why Hollywood’s depiction of Helen is a long way from what the historian believes to be the earthier truth.
Long may she reign: Bettany Hughes is that rare mix of a classical scholar and attractive presenting head. This is more interesting than 99 per cent of the programmes on television.