The Story of India
Ep: 2 "The Power of Ideas"
For over two millennia, India has been at the centre of world history. But how did India come to be? What is India? In this epic six-part series, historian Michael Wood looks for answers as he embarks on a dazzling journey through modern India. With infectious enthusiasm, he chronicles the richness and diversity of its people, cultures and landscapes, the originality of its ideas, and the drama of its history. The series is full of the colourful sights and sounds of India, as Wood travels "over 10,000 years and 10,000 miles" to tell the story of this great nation.
Episodes
Ep 1
Beginnings
Watch April 1, 4:00am
Ep 2
The Power of Ideas
Watch Until March 27, 4:00am
Ep 3
Spice Routes & Silk Roads
Watch Until April 3, 4:00am
Ep 4
Golden Ages
Watch Until April 10, 4:00am
Ep 5
The Great Moghuls
Watch Until April 17, 4:00am
Ep 6
Freedom at Midnight
Watch March 25, 4:00am
Beginnings
Historian Michael Wood charts the first human migrations out of Africa, traveling from the tropical backwaters of south India to the vibrant landscapes of the Ganges plain. In Turkmenistan, dramatic archaeological discoveries cast new light on India's past. (1 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sat Apr 1, 4:00am
Sat May 13, 4:00am
The Power of Ideas
Michael explores the revolutionary years after 500 BC - the Age of the Buddha, the coming of the Greeks, and the rule of the emperor Ashoka. He then follows the invasion of India by Alexander the Great and ends with the birth of the first great Indian empire. (2 of 6)
Spice Routes & Silk Roads
Beginning in Kerala, Michael journeys on an old wooden sailing boat plying its trade from South India to the Gulf, and tells how the spice trade with Rome opened India up to the world. (3 of 6)
Golden Ages
Michael seeks out the achievements of the country's golden age: how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the earth, and wrote the world's first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. (4 of 6)
The Great Moghuls
During the time of the Renaissance in Europe, India was the richest, most populous civilization in the world. Michael visits the desert city of Rajasthan and travels among the Mughal cities of Delhi, Agra and Fatepur Sikri. He also looks at the life of Akbar, a Muslim emperor who decreed that no one religion could hold the ultimate truth, but whose dream of unity ended in civil war. (5 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sat Apr 29, 4:00am
Freedom at Midnight
Host Michael Wood examines the British Raj and India’s struggle for freedom. (6 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sat Mar 25, 4:00am
Sat May 6, 4:00am