This is a long shot, as I've spent hours Googling this, but I'm hoping someone might know what I'm talking about:
In the late 70s, or early 80s as a child, I saw a fantastic show on German TV. I can't remember if it was a movie or perhaps a mini-series. I also can't remember what the country of origin was, but I'm pretty sure it was not the U.S. or the U.K.
The events unfold in a city in the desert, sometime in the 1800s, that is being besieged by Ottomans or Arabs.
There is another planet that is coming close to the Earth, causing all sorts of mayhem. But all I remember clearly is the Caucasian protagonists being attacked by a wasp the size of a pony.
Any ideas anyone?