Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia

Wednesdays at 8:30pm AEDT from March 6


A dangerous power struggle between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for dominance and control plagues the Middle East today. Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia traces the modern history of this struggle from the 1979 Iranian revolution to the present day and investigates how the continued enmity of the two rivals is playing out in proxy wars from Iraq to Syria to Yemen and Lebanon.

Filmed in seven countries over two years, the series examines how sectarian differences between Shia and Sunni Islam have been manipulated and deployed to sustain conflicts, all with devastating results. Bitter Rivals is a sweeping view of a region on fire with no end in sight.

Season 1
Date & time
3: Part Three
3: Part Three
Wed 20 March·8:30pm
Thu 21 March·4:45am
Thu 21 March·12:30pm
Sun 24 March·10:30pm
Mon 25 March·6:30am
Mon 25 March·12:30pm