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Dangerous Dynasty, A: House of Assad

Synopsis
This three-part BBC series is a thorough lesson in how Syria has ended up in its current predicament.
Right at the centre of it are President Bashar and his wife Asma, who met and fell in love in London. Over a decade ago, they were being welcomed with open arms in Britain. Today, they are entrenched in a brutal war that has led to some of the most horrifying crimes of modern times.
Episode one follows Bashar and Asma’s journey to become president and first lady of Syria against the backdrop of a troubled and suspicious family.
Episode two: The former eye doctor is now president and his British-born wife is first lady, but they face problems on all sides and their regime is accused of killing a political enemy.
Episode three: The final episode gives the view from the presidential palace as the country descends into civil war, charting the moral lines crossed over the past seven years. Bashar al-Assad has been president of Syria for a decade, the chaos of civil war rages, the so-called Islamic State emerges and it looks like Bashar is on the brink of losing the Assad dynasty’s control of Syria. Then a saviour emerges, turning the war back in his favour.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2018
Notes
Available via Bob:
Episode 1: 15/10/2018, BBC2.
Episode 2: 22/10/2018, BBC2.
Episode 3: 27/10/2018, BBC2.
Subjects
History; Politics & government
Keywords
Syria; 2000s; Assad, Bashar (1965-); al-Assad, Asma (1975-)

Online availability

URI
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bnfn0d/a-dangerous-dynasty-house-of-assad-series-1-episode-1
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Production Company

Name

72 Films

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC iPlayer

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