For those of you in the UK, or who can pretend you’re in the UK, here’s Episode 1 of BBC2’s The Bible’s Buried Secrets, hosted by University of Exeter’s Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou.

Francesca Stavrakopoulou, hosting The Bible's Buried Secrets, BBC2

It turns out that the famous old Bible story – you know the one about a shepherd-boy who kills a ten-foot giant, gets selected as king by a prophet who claims to be guided by an ancient Semitic deity called Yahweh, soothes evil spirits by playing a harp, and conquers most of the ancient Levant – has gone and stretched a few of the facts. Whoever would’ve seen that coming?

Update: See all three episodes of The Bible’s Buried Secrets here.