What’s on TV: Saturday, December 8

Story of Europe

SBS, 8.35pm

Europe's contradictions as a formal union are currently stark, but that's always been the case as Australian-born Cambridge University historian Christopher Clark explains in this glossy history. These back to back episodes, complete with dramatic recreations, cover Europe's thirst for expansion, which was equally driven by necessity and greed, and its vast and enduring cultural influence. It's an oversized topic, but Clark's appreciative warmth helps. CM

Story of Europe.

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