The Nile: 5000 Years of History

Professor Bettany Hughes sets sail on an epic journey through the history and highlights of Ancient Egypt. Travelling on her own traditional Dahabiya boat, Bettany journeys almost 1,000 miles from Cairo to the Aswan Dam on the mighty River Nile stopping off at the most iconic and dazzling sites along the way.


Air Date: December 09, 2019 - 44:37
In this final episode, Bettany Hughes reaches the Egyptian Nile's southernmost parts. Once upon a time there was a risk of being eaten by crocodiles here. Today, this stretch of the Nile is just startlingly beautiful.
Air Date: December 02, 2019 - 44:52
Traffic on the Nile is building as this third episode begins, signaling Bettany Hughes' arrival into Luxor - the 'world's greatest open-air museum'.
Air Date: November 25, 2019 - 44:48
A hundred miles south of Cairo, Bettany Hughes starts this second episode on a stretch of Nile that few visitors ever get to see
Air Date: November 18, 2019 - 44:36
In this first episode Bettany Hughes visits Egypt's gateway to the world - the Nile's mouth - before boarding her fabulous 'dahabiya' and meeting the crew that will guide her upstream, the length of Egypt.