RL Holly's full review and programme list make another complete review unnecessary and I agree with most of his comments. Currently, there are only a few good historians on television, mostly men; Hughes is the only women, unless one includes Dr Alice Roberts for her evolutionary programmes but that would stretch a point.
Bettany Hughes follows in Michael Wood's metaphorical footsteps; taking his programmes as an example of how it should be done, she always visits the places she is researching, walks on the ground and, by so doing, engenders a deeper interest and imbues her history with an appreciation of the places. The Spartans have a special place in classical history, a race apart with a culture unique to them, a culture which even gave a new word to our language.
Hughes conveys a vivid impressions of this culture, its history and famous places with her usual clarity of language and fluent detailed descriptions, while the camera work enhances her words by showing us the rugged beauty of the country, the searing heat featuring as a backdrop.