A documentary exploration of the 2000 year alternative history suggested by Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code." The program explores the relationship of Jesus and Magdalene, the Priory of Sion, the medieval Church, and reveals the true story behind the fiction. It is shot on the key locations mentioned in the book. Written by
Experts in the show include Oxford Professor Karen Ralls, religion history author Timothy Freke, and Richard Leigh, the co-author of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", the 1982 book upon which "The Da Vinci Code" based much of its history. The program was shot in places like Rosslin Chapel in Scotland, the London Temple (built by the Templar Knights), various cities in Southern France, and at the Louvre Pyramid, all of which are featured in the book. The program is also the first widescreen, high-definition program produced for The History Channel. It premiered 16 January 2005 at 8 pm pst., and aired again 17 January 2005 at 6 pm. See more »
I saw this before reading the book. It was interesting even though I hadn't read the book. I thought it presented some of the ideas from _The Da Vinci_ code, including the alternate grail meaning, the history of the Knights Templar, information about Rosslyn chapel,in an interesting manner. However, someone who had already read the book was disappointed in the show, because it didn't go too far in depth on the issues. It may be a little disappointing if you are looking to find out a lot more about the book's theories. I read the book subsequently, and I found it gave some context to the book. It might have taken some of the fun out of the book, because there wasn't a whole lot to the book beyond revealing the "truth."
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