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The Faces of History

6 x 40 HD
Broadcaster:  NPO

Some legacies stand the test of time: Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Marco Polo, Shakespeare, St Nicholas, the Virgin Mary. But do we really know them? What did they look like?


This series delves into the personal stories of these iconic figures. Actor Derek de Lint travels the globe to uncover new evidence, bringing us closer to them than ever before, and revealing to us to the psychological, physical and social profiles of each person.


As the research team travel, each new piece of evidence is fed back to renowned 3D artist Mao Lin Liao, who is using the findings to build an astonishing life-like recreation of the historical figure. Finally, we are able to look the Faces of History in the eyes.

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