To follow the Beatles as Paul McCartney said, "was always going to be a difficult act", and for Bettany Hughes to follow "The Spartans"The Spartans (Channel 4)
is likewise going to be difficult, but with this DVD she did it. Her production team and back-ups are excellent. I recently bought it, partly because ancient Greece fascinates me and partly because of her Spartans. I was not disappointed, actually delighted. The Minoan civilisation is a lot less meaty than Sparta or Athens in known facts, and one is largely dependant on archaeology with only some scraps recorded in Egypt. Never-the-less she easiy filled out an hour and a half. I would have been happy for twice as much. Brilliantly filmed "on location" with stunning back ground scenery, but also with archaeologically recovered artefacts in museums Bettany Hughes creates a picture of the first truly European civilisation. Creative, informative enjoyable if this is your type of thing "buy it". P.S. although this is labeled (REGION 1) I was able to view on my region 2 computer.