Cities of the Underworld: Season 1, Episode 0

Istanbul (2 Mar. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Documentary, History
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Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and exotic cities in the world. Once the capital city of three of the world's most powerful empires--The Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman--its ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Eric Geller ...
Himself - Host
Sirin Akinci ...
Cengiz Korkmaz ...
Hasan Oral ...
Ferudun Özgümüs ...
Murat Öztürk ...
Ali Pasa ...
Çimen Filiz Pasa ...
Cemal Pulak ...
Bora Sertbas ...


Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and exotic cities in the world. Once the capital city of three of the world's most powerful empires--The Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman--its strategic location made it the perfect spot for empires to rise, fall...and rise again. Residents of Istanbul walk on top of remnants of these fallen civilizations...literally. Taxis drive over parts of Constantine's Lost Great Palace; children play on cobblestone streets concealing a massive Byzantine dungeon; a high school sits on a 3rd century wall leading to the bowels of a 100,000 seat ancient Roman Hippodrome; and basement's of old Ottoman homes lead to subterranean tunnels and secret cisterns. Join host Eric Geller as he leaves the buzz of the city streets behind and follows the pull of the past. Teamed with leading archeologists and experts, Eric peels back the layers of the past--to reveal a hidden history that hasn't seen the light of day for ages Written by Anonymous

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Be careful where you walk. History's afoot.





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The host is an either an idiot or just acts like one.
13 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The footage and locations in this show are great, but I wish they'd moved a bit of their CGI budget over to the "Host" line item. Eric Geller sure is enthusiastic, but everything appealing about him stops there.It is a full hour of this man walking into dark places and saying "Wow! Gosh! It's like we're right back there! It's all underground! Wow!"

Hosts should either be knowledgeable about their topic or be able to bring out the best in the experts who accompany them. In this show, however, an expert will say something about a site, Geller will pause, sometimes repeat something the expert just said, and then add an exclamation:

Expert: "So this would have been an ordinary shop selling wine, and this is the door, so people would have entered right here."


Geller: "So people would have entered! Right here! Wow!"

Even the experts looked like they wanted out after a while.

Too bad too, it could have been good.

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