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Forbidden History

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Jamie Theakston investigates incredible tales from the annals of history, taking a closer look at long-held conspiracy theories and tracking down ancient relics and lost civilisations.

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Episode 1: The Lost Treasures of Petra

Summary

The documentary exploring historical mysteries returns, beginning with Jamie Theakston looking at the lost city of Petra in Jordan. The presenter questions whether any treasures still lie beneath the site in hidden tombs, and enlists the help of local historians.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Jamie Theakston returns in this frankly rather shallow look at some great historical “mysteries”. He’s in the fabulous city of Petra, a great trading centre in Roman times. Visitors today are thrilled by Petra’s spectacular desert setting and buildings like the Treasury. It’s a huge site, but to date less than 20 per cent has been excavated. So it’s no surprise that stories abound of treasure just waiting to be found, left by pharaohs or Crusades-era kings.

Jamie talks to local Bedouin, who are still enthusiastic treasure-hunters, and visits an extensive private collection in the Jordanian capital, Amman. But I’m afraid most of the talking heads are of the “Oh, I’m sure there’s something there somewhere” variety, and lack historical gravitas.

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  • Episode 1

    The Lost Treasures of Petra

    Summary

    The documentary exploring historical mysteries returns, beginning with Jamie Theakston looking at the lost city of Petra in Jordan. The presenter questions whether any treasures still lie beneath the site in hidden tombs, and enlists the help of local historians.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    Jamie Theakston returns in this frankly rather shallow look at some great historical “mysteries”. He’s in the fabulous city of Petra, a great trading centre in Roman times. Visitors today are thrilled by Petra’s spectacular desert setting and buildings like the Treasury. It’s a huge site, but to date less than 20 per cent has been excavated. So it’s no surprise that stories abound of treasure just waiting to be found, left by pharaohs or Crusades-era kings.

    Jamie talks to local Bedouin, who are still enthusiastic treasure-hunters, and visits an extensive private collection in the Jordanian capital, Amman. But I’m afraid most of the talking heads are of the “Oh, I’m sure there’s something there somewhere” variety, and lack historical gravitas.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterJamie Theakston
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