Neil MacGregor's series on the role and expression of beliefs begins with the Lion Man. Read more
The Beginnings of Belief
Neil MacGregor's series on the role and expression of beliefs begins with the Lion Man.
Fire and State
Neil MacGregor on the fire of Vesta in Ancient Rome, and the Parsi fire temple in Gujarat.
Water of Life and Death
Neil MacGregor on water's purifying powers, and the significance of the Ganges for Hindus.
Here Comes the Sun
Neil MacGregor experiences the winter solstice in the passage tomb at Newgrange, Ireland.
Dependence or Dominion?
Neil MacGregor focuses on our relationship with the natural world and seasonal changes.
Living with the Dead
Neil MacGregor's series continues with a focus on our relationship with the dead.
Mother and Child
Neil MacGregor focuses on the protection of the newly-born and their mothers.
Becoming an Adult
Neil MacGregor focuses on rites of passage, including a hair-binding ritual from Vanuatu.
Lines of Communication
Neil MacGregor focuses on prayer, an individual activity that is also profoundly communal.
The Power of Song
Neil MacGregor on the role of distinctive dress and communal song in weekly gatherings.
The House of God
Neil MacGregor on sacred spaces, from a 4,000-year-old temple to a brand new cathedral.
Gifts to the Gods
Neil MacGregor focuses on offerings, including gold consigned to a Colombian lake.
Neil MacGregor focuses on Aztec human sacrifices, and animal sacrifice in ancient Greece.
To Be a Pilgrim
Neil MacGregor focuses on the role of pilgrimage in Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.
Neil MacGregor focuses on special gatherings and how they shape a communal identity.
Neil MacGregor focuses on Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, and Artemis of Ephesus.
Replicating the Divine
Neil MacGregor focuses on Russian Orthodox icons and the Hindu goddess Durga.
The Making of Meaning
Neil MacGregor examines how we come to understand images, with a focus on San rock art.
Change Your Life
Neil MacGregor focuses on images with a purpose - to change the viewer's behaviour.
Rejecting the Image
Neil MacGregor reflects on faiths which focus on the word rather than the image.
Living with Many Gods
Neil MacGregor focuses on societies with many gods, including the Romans in Britain.
Living with One God
Neil MacGregor's series continues with a focus on societies and faiths with a single god.
The Other Side of the Leaf
Neil MacGregor on communities who believe they are not the sole inhabitants of a landscape
Global Gods, Local Needs
Neil MacGregor on how gods reach new communities, and how they are adapted and changed.
Gods Living Together
Neil MacGregor focuses on how faiths co-exist in India.
Ruling with the Gods
Neil MacGregor on ruling with a mandate from the gods - from the UK to Benin to China.
Living with No Gods
Neil MacGregor on societies who banished religion, from revolutionary France to the USSR.
Turning the Screw
Neil MacGregor on attempts by some societies to outlaw beliefs seen as a threat.
The Search for a State
Neil MacGregor focuses on the faiths that have sought to establish a state of their own.
Living with Each Other
Neil MacGregor concludes his series on shared beliefs with a look to the future and hope.
Living With The Gods Omnibus
Our Place In The Pattern
Neil MacGregor explores how communities explain their place in the grand scheme of things
Neil MacGregor on how the individual relates to the belief system of the wider community.
Theatres of Faith
Neil MacGregor focuses on the public display of spiritual rituals.
The Power of Images
Neil MacGregor reflects on the role images play in the expression of shared beliefs.
Harvest and Homage
Neil MacGregor focuses on the patterns of nature, festivals and the disruption of death.
One God or Many
Neil MacGregor on societies that live with one God or many, or co-exist with local spirits
Powers Earthly and Divine
Neil MacGregor considers how faith and politics co-exist - and how we live together
Ep10: Tunnel 29 - The Shoes
A final twist in the final chapter.
Jessica Fostekew, Marlon Davis and Leo Kearse ask if the popular comedian is still funny.
Britain's worst nuclear accident
A reactor caught fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in the north of England in 1957
The Time Machine
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the science and ideas in HG Wells' story of time travel.
Carolyn Hitt explores the surge in spiritualism in the years after the First World War.