Ours is said to be a Godless age, yet billions remain faithful to religions thousands of years old. Christianity: A History is a provocative eight-part personal view series exploring the turbulent history and global impact of the world's biggest religion. Authored by a host of high-profile names including Michael Portillo, Rageh Omaar, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Cherie Blair, in each film the presenter addresses a subject that particularly resonates for them personally. In doing so, they bring their own perspectives to a challenging and comprehensive debate that explores Christianity's role in shaping the modern world, even for non-believers. The first programme, Jesus the Jew, is written and presented by writer Howard Jacobson. Himself a Jew, Jacobson examines the origins and consequences of Christian belief and argues that, although Christianity originated in devout Judaism, for Jews, it has by and large been a calamity.