Episode #1.1 

Looks at the challenges facing the Crown Prince as he commits to reform and tackling extremism. But growing conflict with Iran has placed the Kingdom at the heart of the Middle East crisis.


Michael Rudin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Saskia Reeves ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Muhamed Hafizovic Muhamed Hafizovic ... Himself - Iman, al-Pasha Mosque
Michael Chandler Michael Chandler ... Himself - Chairman, UN Monitoring Group on al-Qaeda 2001-4
Bruce Riedel Bruce Riedel ... Himself - CIA Officer 1977-2006 / Author Kings and Presidents - Saudi Arabia and the US
Madawi Al-Rasheed Madawi Al-Rasheed ... Herself - London School of Economics (as Professor Madawi al-Rasheed)
Ali Shihabi Ali Shihabi ... Himself - Arabia Foundation
David Petraeus ... Himself - CIA Director 2011-12 (as General David Petraeus)
Dzevad Galijasevic Dzevad Galijasevic ... Himself - Bosnian Counter-terrorism expert
Sean Carter Sean Carter ... Himself - Lead lawyer in 9 / 11 lawsuit
Terry Strada Terry Strada ... Herself - widow of Tom Strada
Martin Reardon Martin Reardon ... Himself - FBI Special Agent 1991-2011 / Vice-President Soufan Group
Farid Ahmed Nizami Farid Ahmed Nizami ... Himself - Secretary General, Sufi Cultural Organization
Praveen Swami Praveen Swami ... Himself - National Editor, Indian Express
Satya Pal Singh Satya Pal Singh ... Himself - Indian Government Minister
Mohammad Rahmani Sanabili Mohammad Rahmani Sanabili ... Himself - President, Abul Kalam Azad Islamic Awakening Centre


Saudi Arabia stands at a crucial crossroads in its history and is facing unprecedented change. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its ruling family The House of Saud have long enjoyed seemingly inexhaustible wealth, untold power and far reaching influence on a global scale. But the Saudis are accused of spreading and funding extremist ideology and of supporting violent extremist groups. 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged to reform the country, end extremism and return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam and to work closely with the West to counter terrorism. The first edition of the series travels from Bosnia-Herzegovina to India and across the bloody battlefields of Iraq, Syria and Yemen tracing the impact that vast amounts of Saudi cash and weapons have had around the world. In recent years, the Saudis have worked closely with western powers on counter-terrorism and have promised revolutionary change within the Kingdom, but the growing regional conflict with Iran has ... Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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9 January 2018 (UK) See more »

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