UK public broadcaster BBC2 has commissioned Derry-based 360Production, part of the Impossible Pictures group, to make a three-part, one-hour series tracing the 200-year campaign of the Crusades.
Presented by medieval history scholar Dr Tom Asbridge (pictured), Crusades will journey from Cyprus, Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul to tell the story of the Catholic Church’s fight to recapture Jerusalem from the Muslims from 1095 to 1291.
John Farren, 360Production creative director and executive producer of the series, said: “This series will reveal subtleties and fresh insights that deepen our understanding, and bring the men and women who lived, loved and fought in the Holy Land for two centuries into a sharp new light. It is a story that has not been told before on television.”
BBC commissioning editor Martin Davidson added: “Bringing to bear years of work in Islamic archives, Dr Asbridge will be providing the fullest television account of these extraordinary conflicts, challenging the many myths and falsehoods that have been attached to them.”
Crusades will be delivered to BBC2 in early 2012.