Ben Hur is set 2000 years ago, amidst the struggle between the Roman Empire and its occupied territory Judea. This landmark mini-series follows the dramatic story of two young boys Judah Ben Hur and Messala. The two friends grow up together as part of the Hur household in roman occupied Jerusalem, until Messala is called for military training.
Years later, they are reunited, as Messala returns to Jerusalem as Commanding Officer of the Roman Garrison, a way of life driven by the glory of Rome and its imperial power. But a freak accident results in Ben Hur being condemned to slavery on a Roman galley – only managing to stay alive with thoughts of revenge.
Then, through another twist of fate, Ben Hur is able to return to Jduea – this time as a wealthy man – for one purpose: to kill Messala and avenge his family honor. This bitter struggle for power, love, honor and revenge culminates in a tense and exhilarating chariot race to death. But will the friends be able to forget the hatred and vengeance in their hearts and find peace?