Our Man in the Middle East
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen has been reporting from the Middle East since the 1990s. As such, he's borne witness to one of the most important and volatile periods in the region's history. In this 25-part series of short episodes, Bowen reflects on his long career, recalling the many characters with whom his path has crossed (from Muammar Gaddafi and IS jihadists to ordinary citizens and fellow journos), shares his observations of significant political and cultural events, and offers insights about what might lie ahead, often making use of clips from his previous reportage. He's an intelligent guide to a complicated history, and equally complicated present. Or as he puts it: "History doesn't stop. It goes on."
Gateway episodes: Part 2: All flesh is grass (16 May 2017) / Part 6: Crossing the divide (22 May) / Part 25: Through a glass darkly (30 Jun 2017)