Helen of Troy

Acclaimed presenter of historic documentaries, Bettany Hughes, embarks on a journey across the eastern Mediterranean to discover the truth about Helen of Troy, the woman blamed for causing the Trojan War. Following weapons experts, the film shows how the conflict in Helen’s name would have been fought, unraveling the reality from the myths and putting flesh on “the face that launched a thousand ships.”

Helen has been blamed for causing the Trojan War, a conflict that resulted in countless deaths. During her voyage in Helen’s wake, Hughes sorts the reality from the myths told about Helen. She travels from the city where it is said Helen was born — Sparta in the mountains of Greece — to the archaeological site in modern Turkey that will be forever linked with the war fought in Helen’s name: Troy.

  • TV: Sunday, 8/12 at 8 pm