This remarkable story began in 1960 when Richard Mordaunt and Michael Oliver, following in the footsteps of Freya Stark the great English explorer, set out to explore the Valley of the Assassins in Northern Persia. The film they made was shown on David Attenborough’s Travellers Tales in 1961.
Then in 2010, fifty years later, they returned to Damascus to uncover the origins of the Assassin Story which had spread to Syria in the Middle Ages. They were one of the last people to film in Damascus and Aleppo before Syria descended into Civil War.
The resulting film explores both the history of the region, its present conflicts, and the future of Syria, Islam and the Arab Awakening.
Presented by Sally Oliver with Middle Eastern experts Professor Tariq Ramadan, Dr Daftary, Antoine Touma, Prof Riley Smith and Prof Charles Melville unraveling this fascinating story.