Saturday, 15 April 2017
First viewed : 8 April 1984
This absorbing documentary on the world's most hotly-contested city was presented by playwright and novelist Michael Frayn. Clearly at least agnostic himself, Frayn tried to be even-handed between the competing claims of the rival fatihs while indulging in some laboured irony about religious excess and an extended metaphor likening faith to nuclear energy. He eschewed a chronological approach, threading historical narrative into his travelogue as he walked around the city's main sites.