A look at the past, present and future of the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Aleppo in Syria is one of the Arab world’s great cities. Or it was. Everything that made the city famous – its enterprising merchants, its ancient citadel and souk, its dynamic Christian community, its melting pot of cultures – now hangs in the balance. Aleppo today lies devasted by Syria’s civil war and divided between pro and anti-Assad forces. Thousands of its people are dead, and hundreds of thousands have fled. In this two-hour special, Tim Franks focusses on Aleppo, looking at its past, its present, and its future.
(Image: Rubble of the minaret of Aleppo's ancient Umayyad mosque taken 25/04/2013. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)