The Story of India - Episode 1 - Beginnings
The first episode looks at identity and the roots of India's famous 'unity in diversity'. Using all the tools available to the historical detective - from DNA to climate science, oral survivals, ancient manuscripts, archaeology, and exploration of the living cultures of the subcontinent, Wood takes us from the tropical heat of South India to the Ganges plain and from Pakistan and the Khyber Pass out to Turkmenistan where dramatic new archaeological discoveries are changing our view of the migrations that have helped make up Indian identity.
The Story of India - Episode 2 - The Power of Ideas
The theme of the episode is the power of ideas in Indian history, and among the people Michael Wood meets is HH the Dalai Lama, who explains why Buddhism is still relevant today. The journey takes him by railway to the famous sites of the Ganges plain: Benares, Sarnath and Bodhgaya; by helicopter and army convoy through northern Iraq to the site of the greatest battle in the ancient world; by truck up the Khyber Pass; then by river to the first great Indian capital, Patna.