Preview – A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad

Bashar al-Assad
Picture Shows: President Bashar al-Assad attends the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 2003. Image Credit: BBC/Salah Malkawi/Getty Images.

This three-part series looks at how the Assad family became the rulers of Syria.

In this opening edition, we follow how the current president, Bashar al-Assad, and his British-born investment banker wife Asma rose to power after the derailment of the succession plans of Bashar’s father Hafaz, who was president for around 30 years before him.

A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad is on BBC Two at 21.00.