Simon Reeve embarks on an epic three-part journey across the largest country in the world in search of the real Russia. One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Simon travels through this land of extremes to investigate what the next century might bring for the powerful Russian Federation and its relationship with the rest of the world. Simon uses his trademark insight and warm manner to get to the heart of a nation that’s more often viewed through the bleak prism of cold war hostility. He meets an extraordinary range of characters while unlocking the beauty and variety of this vast country. Setting out amongst the active, snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka, over 6,000 kilometres from Moscow, Simon explores one of the remotest regions of the country. The population of Russia's Far East has fallen dramatically in recent years, but travelling by chopper and skidoo, Simon finds indigenous reindeer herders who are still eking out a fragile existence in this spectacular but inhospitable wilderness.
Violet Town, Victoria, is a small place with a very big heart. It might be well known by some for its popular monthly market, but it's the way Violet Town locals embrace creativity and diversity that really makes a difference.
In this episode Heather Ewart returns to communities whose good humour and inventiveness will inspire and uplift in the best of Back Roads.
Heather Ewart heads to the Pilbara region of Western Australia to meet some of the remarkable locals who are driving change as the mining boom ends. There's also plenty of 'girl power' to be found out in this harsh landscape.
Eddie arrives in Dubai, the opulent heart of the United Arab Emirates, to explore how the city's extreme wealth drives technology, culture, and food.
Heather travels to Pine Creek, a pioneering outback town in the Northern Territory. On the fringes of Kakadu National Park, Pine Creek has long been a boom-or-bust mining area, but the town now finds itself at a crossroads.
Continuing his Italy tour, Anh travels south to Naples. Anh also climbs the crater of Mt Vesuvius and does a Vespa tour of the Amalfi Coast, ending with a delicious lunch and amazing views.
Comedian Anh Do is on a special quest to see Italy. From gondoliers of Venice to pasta nonnas of Bari, Anh experiences the best of Italy.
Eddie drives through Los Angeles, exploring the city's food history from the invention of the drive-through to the current health and wellness food movements.
Canowindra might be known as the hot-air ballooning capital of Australia, but there's plenty more going for this town. The Canowindra community is looking to reinvent its future, doing big gestures of kindness along the way.
Eddie arrives in Washington, DC, during the week of the inauguration to explore DC's own fight against adversity and the problems of these volatile times.
Robe, SA, is a seaside safe haven known for helping others and having a generosity of spirit. Local farming families offer their holiday houses to war veterans and give them a free weekend in their stunning town.
Anyone who's ever lived in New York has a version of their New York. Eddie Huang takes a journey through his New York, introducing his friends and family.
Peru has become the gastronomic capital of Latin America. Eddie explores how the acceptance and preservation of bio and human diversity has made Peru a culinary powerhouse.
Eddie checks out Toronto by embedding himself in a handful of immigrant communities to better understand how ethnic food flourishes under the support of multiculturalism.
Dan, Felicity and Kevin arrive at Dawson City, gateway to Klondike gold. Guided by historical accounts, the team set up a 19th century-style mining camp in the heart of the gold fields. Using traditional methods, they set about the backbreaking work of mining for gold. They have to use both their expertise and muscle to give them any chance of striking it rich. It is not going to be easy - they have just five days to prospect in an area that is already been extensively mined. But in a game where luck can play as much a part as experience, will they walk away having struck gold?
Anh rents a motorcycle to explore central Vietnam and the Vietnamese fascination with Luck. Anh travels north to the capital of Hanoi, where he samples produce from the Old Quarter's 36 specialist streets then enjoys the old-world French influence at the historic Metropole Hotel. Next he visits the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Known as Uncle Ho to millions of Vietnamese, he is regarded as the father of modern, independent Vietnam. The spectacular scenery of the Red River Delta around Nin Binh is the setting for a hands-versus-feet rowing race on the river. Anh goes hunting for snails, a local delicacy, then cooks them up in the traditional way. Anh ends his journey in a north-western mountain town of Sapa, where he helps out at a local school and finishes the evening at a raucous party with Hmong tribal ladies.
Anh Do returns to Vietnam to rediscover his birth land. He gives insight into modern-day Vietnam, from local family life to incredible culinary delights and the best adventures Vietnam has to offer.
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