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Tony Robinson examines the claims made in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code." | Add synopsis »
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Tony Robinson ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Baigent ... Himself - Author
Richard Barber ... Himself - Historian
Thomas Bridwell ... Himself - Historian
Ann Graham Brock ... Herself - Bible historian

Dan Brown ... Himself - Author
Jean-Luc Chaumeil ... Himself - Journalist
Philippe de Cherisey ... Himself (archive footage)
Arnaud de Sède ... Himself - Son of Gérard de Sède
Gérard de Sède ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Lincoln ... Himself - Author (archive footage)
Charles Nicholl ... Himself - Historian
Elaine Pagels ... Herself - Bible historian
Pierre Plantard ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Starbird ... Herself - Author
Thierry Vregil ... Himself - Priest
Juliet Wood ... Herself - Folklorist

Directed by
Kashaf Chaudhry 
Produced by
Philip Clarke .... executive producer
Emily Cleaver .... assistant producer
Siân Price .... assistant producer
Simon Raikes .... producer
Original Music by
David Buckley 

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Denmark:90 min (2 parts)
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UK:PG (DVD rating)

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Tony Robinson:2000 years ago, thirteen people sat down to eat what would become the most famous meal in history.
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We all know it's only speculation, and Tony only reinforces it., 11 June 2006
Author: Kobalt64 from Eastern Australia

Tony Robinson in 'The Real Da Vinci Code' does a good job of debunking what Dan Brown describes as the 'historical facts' of Baigent, Leigh, Lincoln, and Brown's books, though at times Tony may seem a little superficial in his treatment of the full story. I can forgive him this on the grounds of keeping it brief. He was constrained by time, no doubt, in making this programme, as are all TV programme-makers. However, he does make the salient points: the French journalist Chaumeil's exposure of the Priory of Sion as a fraud born of one man's grandiose fantasies etc.

But to be fair, Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln had never stated that their conclusions should be taken as gospel truth, far from it. The researchers/writers of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail openly and easily admit in the introduction of their 1996 edition and following editions that their book's content is pure speculation. They write: 'We were chastised for having speculated. We readily admitted it. We had propounded what we explicitly declared to be no more than an hypothesis; and hypotheses must necessarily rest on speculation.' So there you have it: Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln, and Dan Brown following their ideas in The Da Vinci Code, had based their interesting stories on mere conjecture.

But it is a good story: a medieval magical mystery tour mixed with a detective story of secret societies holding the key to a greater secret that could and would shake Christian civilisation and Western society to their very foundations. And if the books are read in the right spirit of amused scepticism then there is really nothing wrong in going along for the ride provided that one does not take it at all seriously.

But if simple speculation from an assortment of known facts, and at times some pretty minor and obscure facts, out of which an intriguing yarn is spun, is taken as historical truth, then that's just plain silly--and quite wrong. And it's when over-dramatised, frivolous, beat-up, religiously-inspired controversies such as this come up that I thank God I'm an atheist.

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