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Hostages: Part One: The Peacock Throne (S1EP1 HBO Wednesday September 28, 2022)

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Part One: The Peacock Throne

Part One: The Peacock Throne – The first episode of the series introduces the political crucible of 1979 and explains how America and Iran transitioned from being close allies to rivals on a global scale. Ayatollah Khomeini becomes president and an Islamic theocracy is established as the U.S.-backed Shah flees the country’s revolution against the excess and repression of his regime. The American embassy, seen by many in the area as a symbol of American imperialism and political meddling, is in grave danger.

Airdate: Wednesday September 28, 2022 at 21:00 on HBO

Season 1 Episode 1

Series explores the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 and the tumultuous history of U.S./Iran relations. 

On November 4, 1979, Iranian student activists stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking over 60 Americans hostage. What was planned as a 48-hour sit-in to protest American imperialism, ballooned into an international crisis and 24/7 media event that would last 444 days. With never-before-seen archival footage and revelatory new interviews with the American hostages and Iranian hostage-takers alike, the series is a gripping chronicle of one of the most dramatic international deadlocks in American history, a deep dive into the geo-political history that led to the crisis, and an exploration of the political fallout that reverberates today.