Michael journeys through Poland from the port of Gdansk on the North Sea to the south of the Tatra Mountains, considering the upheavals that have traumatised Poland for seventy years. Palin visits Auschwitz and Czestechowa, meets the leader of trade union Solidarity, and marvels at Warsaw,
As the clock works against them, Ewan and Charley spend some time in Italy, riding from Sienna, through Rome, and finally into Sicily where they must catch a ferry to Africa. It doesn't take long for them to notice the changes in climate once in Tunisia.
On leaving Libya, the guys travel through Egypt and, after a few mishaps in Cairo, put their bikes on a ferry to take them down river. With a few days to spare they take a flight out to Kenya to learn about an organisation of motorcyclists that assists in getting doctors to the sick.
In this episode Cathy and Luke come face to face with the outback icon of Uluru, a singing dingo and an Aboriginal superhero in spandex underpants. They get their hands dirty on a remote outstation that's planted a vineyard in the desert and find 500 million year old sea creatures at the bottom of the Amadeus Sea.
In this episode, Kevin follows in the footsteps of Robert Adam, the most influential neoclassical architect of the 18th century.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are three Baltic states that shook themselves free of the Soviet Union and reclaimed their distinctive culture. Michael travels from Tallinn in the north, through Latvia, to Lithuania in the south, sailing into the Baltic from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, formerly East Prussia. In Estonia he visits a pyramid house and samples the medicinal properties of leeches. In Latvia he visits one of the most secretive places of the Communist-era, the astronomical telescope.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman met on the set of Serpent's Kiss, where they instantly became mates. Not long afterwards the pair set off on their first incredible adventure, travelling 20000 miles on motorcycles - from London to New York. Their epic journey was captured on the television series Long Way Round. Now, Ewan and Charley are back on their motorcycles and ready to take the Long Way Down. Long Way Down is a ten part series which follows the pair on an intrepid motorcycle journey from the northern-most tip of Scotland, down to the southern-most tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.
Ewan and Charley begin their journey in John O'Groats, Scotland and make an emotional pit-stop at a charity they are raising money for with their ride. As they travel through England, France and finally into Italy the crew feels rushed to make the ferry into Africa.
This week, Kevin is heading south on the trail of the next wave of Grand Tourists, to the great Renaissance cities of Florence and Rome. He's searching for art and architecture that would assault the senses, and which would inspire the rebuilding of London after one of the greatest disasters in its history: the Great Fire.
Through the use of stealthcam, cameras built inside capsules resembling everything from crocodiles and hippos to mudpiles and dragonflies, the magnificent journey of more than a million wildebeest across Tanzania's Serengeti Plain has been captured like never before. The migration is the largest of land animals on the planet and the perils on the 3000km round trip, which the wildebeest take annually for food and water, are numerous. Wildebeest are on the hit list of every African predator.
Relieved of the burden of her secret, Kate appears to have lost the will to challenge the area's destiny. Threatened by the fact that rival vet James Campbell will expose her decision not to notify the authorities about the sheep disease, she agrees to sell him her practice, mostly in order to save Jill's career.
Australia's worst bushfire struck regions across Victoria on Black Saturday, February 7, 2009. It took over 170 lives, left more than seven thousand homeless and became the country's most devastating weather events on record. As Australia still counts the cost, this exclusive documentary looks behind the human tragedy and explains the culmination of extreme weather conditions that led to Black Saturday.
In this new three-part series Simon Reeve travels along the Equator. This week his first stop is a tiny island off the coast of Sumatra, where he goes fishing with the locals. Then it's on to a poultry market in West Sumatra, and a sanctuary in Kalimantan that cares for orang-utans made homeless by the destruction of their habitat.
On a journey from Budapest to the Ukrainian resort of Yalta, Michael contemplates the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 and its tragic aftermath.
In the midst of an economic catastrophe, the national parks provide a source of much needed jobs; the park idea changes to include new places and new ways of thinking. President Franklin D. Roosevelt agrees to expand the park idea to include historic sites and battlefields, and then, in the midst of the Great Depression, he creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a 'golden age' for the parks through major renovation projects.
This four-part series sees the ever-popular Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs) following in the footsteps of the most notorious British aristocrats, artists and architects of the Grand Tour. Clambering in, on and amongst the greatest buildings, ruins and cities in Europe, Kevin uncovers the dark underbelly of the Tour in the shady alleys and drinking dens along its route, and explores the Tour's lasting legacy.
On the final leg of his journey, Paul arrives in Shanghai, China's most dynamic and moneyed city. Paul's translator, Emma, takes him to The Children's Palace, a Chinese 'fame academy' before visiting People's Park, where hundreds of parents gather in an attempt to find a match for their unmarried children. Being a wealthy Westerner, Paul attracts a lot of interest. Despite his age being a little on the high side, the mum and granny of a young lady called Minnie, arrange a date for that afternoon.
Michael continues his trek from the tiny breakaway state of Transdniester to the rolling hills of sunny Moldova, across the Carpathians mountains of Northern Romania and through Transylvania to the Danube, a journey that will take him into some of the poorest and most beautiful parts of south-eastern Europe.
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