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This four-part series follows Martin Clunes as he travels round the islands and coasts of the USA, meeting people and getting to know about their lives and cultures and stories.
Over the course for four episodes, we will be taking a playful yet informative look at the complexities and intricacies of island and coastal life across America. We weave together stories of wildlife conservation, culture, food, history to create a varied, light-hearted and informative series. From the epic salmon runs of Kodiak Island to the dunes and fun-seekers of Fire Island; from the orca playgrounds of the San Juan Islands, to the creole swamps of Georgia and Louisiana; from the wild and the primitive to the sophisticated and the urbane; from the grizzly bear to the land of latter-day ‘great Gatsbies’.....each island stop has its own character and its own unique story to tell.....and each one offers a new way of examining a country we imagine we know so well.
Starting in in the frigid waters of Alaska, Martin works his way south along the coast of Washington State and California, before crossing to Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. Finally, his journey – by boat and plane – steers him north up past Long Island, bringing him to the coast of New England long before the leaves begin to turn.
Along the way, he rides with saltwater cowboys on Assateague; entesr a hot dog eating contest on Coney Island; fishes for giant halibut off the Alaskan coast; joins a gospel choir with the isolated descendants of plantation slaves; he shucks clams, dives with seals and samples life on an island which hasn’t had a shop since 1942.
Three-part ITV travel series following Joanna Lumley as she explores Japan. In her 2000-mile, cultural journey around the country's four main islands, the English actress tours the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Sapporo as well as the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. On her travels, she meets a trainee geisha, takes a trip on the Shinkansen, learns about Japanese Buddhism, takes in some of the country's nightlife and visits the sites of the atomic bombings on Fukushima and Nagasaki.
Documentary following David Beckham as he travels around Brazil. Beckham embarks on the adventure of a lifetime after retiring from playing football, flying 5000 miles from London to Brazil, host nation of the 2014 World Cup. David and his friends start out in Rio where they have their first game of beach foot-volleyball and then journey to Manaus in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest where they meet locals in the community of Algelen. From there they head even further into the wilderness to visit the remote Yanomami tribe and try to impart a piece of their footballing wisdom.
Presenter and explorer Griff Rhys Jones embarks on an adventure that will take him across Africa on five rail journeys known for their views of wildlife, landscapes and indigenous people. Griff travels through Namibia, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania and Marrakesh as he attemps to view the vast and varied country by public transport.
All four episodes from the third series of the British travel programme presented by actress Penelope Keith. Penelope begins her journey by visiting the Cotswolds where she stops in the villages of Bibury and Ebrington before travelling north to Argyll and Bute. There she travels the coastline and visits some of Queen Victoria's favourite spots. North Yorkshire is Penelope's next stop with Goathland and Brompton-by-Sawdon on the itinerary, before finally making her way to Pembrokeshire where she visits Wales's best food market in the village of St. Dogmaels.
Three-part ITV travel series following Joanna Lumley as she travels along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Departing from Hong Kong, the English actress ventures 6400 miles across Europe and Asia to her final destination of Moscow. Along the way she visits the various countries' sites and inhabitants including Mongolia's nomads and throat singers, China's Great Wall, the Gobi Desert and Moscow's Red Square.
In undertaking his new journey through Eastern Europe, breathing in its rich history, filming its exquisite sights and talking to its diverse peoples, Michael fills what has been a void in his own experience and that of very many of his own generation. As in all his series, Palin's New Europe takes the form of a journey through countries which have rich and complex cultures.Few have survived intact, as the ebb and flow of warring armies has continually changed the map of Europe.
Starting in the mountains of Slovenia he travels down through Croatia and the former Yugoslavia to Albania before turning northwards to embrace Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, The Ukraine, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, the former East Germany, Poland, the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (as Konigsberg originally home to the Teutonic Knights), Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, opening up a new and undiscovered world to millions of viewers
Breathtakingly beautiful landscapes unfold before your very eyes with this unique and exhilarating journey over the railways of Scotland.
With cameras placed inside the drivers cab and in helicopters flying overhead, you get a privileged seat on this thrilling journey through the highlands and lowlands, lochs and glens.
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The epic story of Venice, seen through the eyes of Francesco Da Mosto, descendent of one of the oldest and most distinguished Venetian families, whose ancestral history is inextricably intertwined with 'La Serenissima'.
Francesco gives us a fascinating insight into one of the most beautiful cities in the world: the places, events and people that have sculpted Venice through the ages. He explores hidden gardens, ascends secret staircases and, with the aid of expertly executed dramatic reconstructions, travels back in time to see the the Doge's Palace, St Mark's Square and the winged lion rise out of the mud.
He revisits the golden age of Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto; the 'Canalettos, casinos and the clap' of the eighteenth-century Grand Tour, and explains how Venice's magnificent art and architecture fuelled the building style of Europe before facing the city's latest threat: the sea.
Collection of programmes in which the former ITN newsreader sets out to experience the culture and customs of a variety of foreign countries. In 'The Secrets of the Caribbean' McDonald visits the largest of the region's 7,000 islands, Cuba, tours Sir Richard Branson's private island and visits his birthplace, Trinidad. 'The Secrets of the Mediterranean' sees McDonald look beyond the beach resorts and holiday hotspots of the Mediterranean to examine forgotten aspects of each country's culture, art, tradition and history. In 'The Mighty Mississippi' the newsreader sets out to journey along the full length of the Mississippi River. In the course of his journey, McDonald examines the legacy of slavery alongside the Mississippi, visits a man who was standing beside Martin Luther King when he was shot and talks to Morgan Freeman about an attachment to the river that saw the actor move back there after a 40-year absence.
Every episode from all seven series of the travel programme presented by Paul Murton. Scotland was once avoided by travellers due to its hostile environment but many changes have taken place since the beginning of tourism in the country two centuries ago. Using the Victorian book 'Black's Picturesque Guide to Scotland', Paul goes on different tours to discover how the country became a destination of choice for many, exploring its history and landscape along the way.
Collection of Channel 4 documentaries in which explorer and former paratrooper Levison Wood undertakes three extreme walking expeditions. In 'Walking the Nile' (2015) Wood aims to become the first person to walk the length of the River Nile over the course of nine months. In 'Walking the Himalayas' (2015) Wood sets out to walk the length of the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Bhutan. In 'Walking the Americas' (2017) Wood ventures 1800 miles from Mexico to Columbia.
All the episodes from the first and second series of the British travel programme presented by actress Penelope Keith. In the first series, Penelope begins her journey by visiting the East Anglian village of Little Snoring and then travels to North Wales, Cheshire and Staffordshire and then on to Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire where she stops in Castle Combe which was voted Britain's prettiest village. In the second series, Penelope visits the small fishing villages in Devon and Cornwall and then travels to Cumbria to visit the home of sticky toffee pudding, on to Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire where she goes to the Braemar Highland Games before travelling back down south to East Sussex and Kent.
From the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Michael Palin meets the people and visits the places that shape this fascinating nation.
In his inimitable style, Michael Palin explores this vast country of incredible contrasts. He travels by river-boat, float-plane and on foot to visit tribes deep in the jungle; experiences the heady mix of Rio de Janeiro and the African-inspired culture of S„o LuŪs; Recife and Salvador. He encounters the super-rich who commute by helicopter; tastes German beer served from a motorcycle sidecar and tries his hand at being a cowboy.
As ever, Michael Palin proves the perfect travelling companion and his adventures are beautifully filmed, taking in remote tribes on the Venezuelan border, the modernist buildings of Brasilia to the spectacular IguaÁu Falls, where his journey ends.
Documentary following historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli on a tour of Sicily. The Italian island is close to the hearts of both men, with Locatelli hailing from Italy and Graham-Dixon an admirer of the nation's artistic heritage and architectural splendour. As the pair travel around the island they explain its finer features to each other. Locatelli expounds on Sicily's culinary wonders while Graham-Dixon visits sites that offer an insight into the island's history, including the role of the Mafia.
Episodes 13 to 15 from the cult Japanese fantasy series plus a bonus episode from the missing 13 that have never been shown on UK TV. In 'The Minx and the Slug' Pigsy disguises himself as the slug monster husband of the beautiful Hai-Min. 'Catfish, Saint and Shape-Changer' sees the quartet of pilgrims divided by the revelation that one of their number is a shape-changing imposter. In 'Monkey Meets the Demon Digger' Monkey is dismissed by Tripitaka after using his magic skills to speed up the digging of a mountain tunnel. The bonus episode - 'Am I Dreaming?' - is presented with English subtitles.
In this four-part BBC travelogue, Michael Palin sets out to discover a country that is set to become a 21st century superpower. Beginning in the northeast of Brazil, where the first Europeans settled, Michael journeys southwards across the world's fifth largest nation by river, plane and foot, taking in the diverse peoples, cultures and sites on route, and sampling the vibrant, colourful life of this re-emerging country.
All six episodes of the travel series presented by American writer Bill Bryson. Based on his successful book 'Notes from a Small Island', the series follows Bill as he travels from Dover to John O'Groats while musing on the eccentricities of British life. Along the way, he meets up with British comedians Stephen Fry, Alexei Sayle and Victoria Wood, who all contribute their own thoughts and perspectives on the attractions of their native country.
Comedians Dara O'Briain and Ed Byrne travel a 4,000-mile-long section of the Pan-American Highway in this three-part series. Following in the tracks of American adventurers Sullivan Richardson, Arnold Whitaker and Kenneth Van Hee, who set off on a similar journey in the 1940s before the highway was built, Dara and Ed travel from the US state of Arizona to the small town of Yaviza in Panama, visiting numerous locations along the way including Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Travel documentary presented by actor and explorer Griff Rhys Jones. In the eight-episode series Griff travels around his native Wales in search of his inner Welshman while trying his hand at abseiling, climbing and canoeing.
Opening three episodes of the cult Seventies action series plus a bonus episode from the 13 missing episodes that have never been seen on UK TV. In the first episode, 'Monkey Goes Wild About Heaven', King Monkey (Masaaki Sakai) disgraces himself after being summoned to Heaven. He and two officials get into an argument and end up being sent back to Earth as a punishment - Monkey is imprisoned under a mountain, while the others are transformed into a pig monster, Pigsy (Toshiyuki Nishida), and a water monster, Sandy (Shiro Kishibe). 'Monkey Turns Nursemaid' sees Monkey set free in order to help holy man Tripitaka (Masako Natsume) on his quest to save the world. In 'The Great Journey Begins', Monkey protects Tripitaka against both Pigsy and Sandy, both of whom end up joining them on their journey. The bonus episode 'You Win Some, You Lose Some' has English subtitles.
Martin Clunes presents this three-part ITV series in which he travels around the islands of Australia. On his journey, Martin explores 16 of the country's 8,000 diverse islands, including Restoration Island, the Tiwi Islands and Phillip Island. Along the way he learns about the area's wildlife, meets some of the natives to find out more about their culture and experiences what life is really like for those living and working on the islands.
Michael Palin's first televised travel adventure was screened as part of the BBC series Great Railway Journeys.
'Confessions of a Train Spotter' (1980) saw him travel the length of Britain by train. Setting off from Euston he includes diversions to lines beyond the inter-city network; a trip on the Flying Scotsman; visits to York's railway museum and Edinburgh at Festival time. He crosses the breathtaking Forth Railway Bridge, and after travelling over 785 miles reaches the Kyle of Lochalsh.
Palin's second Great Railway Journey (1994) takes him from the ancient walled city of Londonderry to the most western tip of Ireland. He travels his 'family line' as he attempts to trace his great grandmother who left Ireland for the USA over 150 years ago. His trip through a still war-torn Northern Ireland takes him on to Belfast before heading south to Dublin, the capital of the Irish Republic, and on to Wexford, Waterford, the little village of Buttevant and finally Kerry's Dingle Bay, the most western point of Ireland.
A look at three different railway lines from the point of view of the engine driver. Included with each of the three engines is a technical description, a map of the route and a slide show.
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