The issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often throw up reference to the Jews, so Simon Schama's historical adventure could prove particularly topical. In this new series he sets out to explore the history of the Jewish experience. Our story begins more than 3,000 years ago, when a tribal people emerged in a contested land. Schama will be discovering how the Hebrew Bible helped them to preserve their distinct identity despite war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation.