The Minotaur’s Island

Bettany Hughes explores Crete's breathtaking scenery and major archaeological finds to piece together the story of the Minoans.

The mysterious island of Crete has always had a hold on our imagination. It’s the legendary birth-place of Zeus and the realm of the cruel tyrant King Minos, whose beautiful daughter led Theseus into the underground lair of the terrifying man-beast – the Minotaur.

Weighing up rival archaeological claims from both past and present, Bettany Hughes offers her own insights into an ancient civilisation steeped in mythology.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Channel 4 & History Channel

TX Date: August 2003

Format: 2 x 50



Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


Bettany Hughes