Helen of Troy

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’.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Channel 4 & PBS

TX Date: October 2005

Format: 2 x 60

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Executive Producer(s):

Bill Locke


Bettany Hughes


Hughes explains why Hollywood’s depiction of Helen is a long way from what the historian believes to be the earthier truth.

Critics Choice - The Independent on Sunday

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.

The Times