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.
Still in Chengdu, Paul and his translator, Emma, decide to see some Sichuan Opera. It starts promisingly, with some spectacular 'face changing' illusions, but once the 'singing' starts, Paul soon loses the will to live.
With Jill almost reconciled to the idea of an imperfect future with Kate, the past catches up with her when her father, brother and then Shane, the drover from episode one, all descend on them for an impromptu country lunch. All three men are there with the intention of wooing Jill away from her new life, although each has a very different motivation.
British comedian Paul Merton continues his tour, arriving at Shaolin Temple, famed as the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and home of Kung Fu. When he enrols in a meditation course he accidentally signs up for a punishing course of martial arts - or is that a sick joke instigated by his producer, he ponders .He skips class to star in a Kung Fu film being shot down the road - complete with a personal stunt double.
On this week's episode of Rain Shadow: Black and White, Kate is injured in a cattle yard accident, forcing Jill to run the practice on her own. It seems the order of the world has been restored when Jill gets to do some refreshingly routine vet work and achieves results, mostly without Kate's help or interference.
On this episode of Rain Shadow: Paringa Rules, Achmed Aziz, an Iraqi agronomist, arrives on a study tour. Kate fears he will submit a report on the condition of the local sheep.
British comedian Paul Merton may not be a seasoned traveller, but his wit is sharp and he's ready for a six-week adventure across China. But even Paul could not anticipate that the first major challenge of his tour would be a 'simple' taxi ride from Beijing airport to his hotel. Challenge two arises at the night food market where Paul is presented with a kebab of deep fried scorpions and visits a 'specialty' restaurant with a menu showcasing male genitalia of snake, sheep and donkey.
The final episode of this series charting the rise of one of the world's newest superpowers, deals with the increasing problems in the agricultural sector.
This week on Rain Shadow: You Can't Eat Scenery, Jill is shocked by the austerity of life in the drought-stricken area, and is sensitive to every sign of distress and decline. From the bruise on Gail Klein's cheek to Kate's attempt to exclude her from Tom Huppatz's father's funeral, Jill senses there is much amiss in this place, and it goes far beyond the lack of rain.
Still reeling from the devastating 2006 January bushfires, Victoria's communities and bushland are just beginning to recover. Worst of all, no-one can be sure what February and March, or even April will hold.
Rain Shadow is a story that resonates with the situation presently faced by farming people all across Australia, and tells the strong personal story of hope and renewal. The series is set in a dry-land farming area, marginal at the best of times, and struggling after 12 years of drought and in the face of climate change.
This series looks at the Indian miracle of growth despite rampant corruption, patronage politics, the caste system, and poverty. Billionaire Dr Mallay owns the fastest-growing airline in the world, Kingfisher Airlines. The passenger growth in India is around 40% per year with the planes meeting the needs of Indian business people. Industrialist Anand Mahindra hopes to break into the American market with the Indian-made SUV, Scorpio that most middle-class Indians are driving.
A young 24-year-old, Theodore Roosevelt had a great love of hunting and became one of the national parks' greatest champions, after discovering there were bigger trophies to pursue. By the end of the 19th century, widespread industrialisation had left many Americans worried about whether the country, once a vast wilderness, would have any pristine land left. At the same time, poachers in the parks were rampant, and visitors thought nothing of littering or carving their names near iconic sites like Yellowstone Park's 'Old Faithful' geyser.
Gavin reaches his journey's end - the city of Istanbul at the end of Europe and the beginning of Asia, where the old Orient Express service terminated.
India Reborn is a four part documentary series examining the rise of one of the world's newest super powers. Episode one Myth and Might looks at the 2000 year old caste system which still reigns in India, determining people's occupation and stance by birth.
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