For thousands of years people in many cultures have worried about the end of the world.
In the first of two programmes, Professor Christopher Frayling considers what has made this fear and expectation a major driving force in history.
In the second of two programmes Professor Christopher Frayling examines the fear that the world will end.
Old images of apocalypse might seem quaint today, but the concern is still with us, whether of environmental catastrophe, NUCLEAR disaster or the millennium bug.
What is it in societies and individuals that has made this fear and expectation a major driving force in history?