Throughout history, snakes have been symbols of both religious belief and sexuality, inspiring mixed emotions of horror, fear, admiration and reverence.
What is it about them that stirs the deepest recesses of the human psyche? Contributors include psychoanalysts Ann Baring and Andrew Samuels , male exotic speciality act Terry Brannigan , snake keeper Jack Comey , egyptologist Rosalie David , and anthropologist
Stephen Hugh-Jones. Original music based on snake sounds by Peter Howell of the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop. Producer Edwina Wolstencroft