Australia is an ancient land, which is evident in the land all around us. But like a grand old lady - patient, wise and etched by time - she still harbours many secrets.
It's time to dig out the winter hats and gloves as Jane McDonald returns to our screens for a special festive episode. Jane travels up the Rhine, visiting the world's best Christmas markets and creating her very own Christmas in her cabin. In this Christmas cracker of an episode, Jane sails from Germany and onto France. She dives in to some of the greatest and most dazzling Christmas markets Europe has to offer, sampling some traditional food and drink and unique festive customs along the way.
It's said that necessity is the mother of invention and that certainly holds true for Australia. Isolated, and with a unique set of challenges, ingenuity flourished in this country.
The singer continues her tour of Australia with a visit to Brisbane, where she becomes a zookeeper for a day at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. She then stops off at the country's biggest theme park, Dream World, before heading west on a night cruise along the Brisbane river. Her next destination is Perth, from where she takes a trip to Rottnest Island, and explores what the city has to offer on land. After a week of exploring the Western Australia capital, she gets back on board the Sun Princess and travels to Geraldton, where she meets the owners of a biscuit tin museum. Alternative title: Cruising Down Under.
Join Liv Phyland as she explores the beautiful prefectures of Kyushu. Liv introduces us to the nature, local culture and foods which are characteristic to this fascinating Island.
In a Christmas special, Costa and Sophie plant summer shade to protect Sophie's new summer retreat; Millie uncovers an urban mistletoe project; Josh gets crafty for the holidays; Costa meets a tropical fruit carver.
The final part of this three-part series, exploring what it is like to live in America's biggest and busiest city. Anita Rani, Ade Adepitan, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow are in New York. From their base in Central Park, they reveal the hidden systems and organisational miracles that keep the world's busiest urban park clean and green. They meet the behind-the-scenes team who look after all 843 acres. Ade heads to Harlem and meets residents who are benefiting and suffering at the hands of gentrification. The price of a townhouse here has gone from $50,000 to over $4 million in 30 years. Ant is at Hudson Yards on the west side of Manhattan, where an entirely new district is being built on top of a functioning rail depot. It is an innovative building solution to the island's lack of land. Dan Snow is in Coney Island discovering that television, air conditioning and extreme weather almost killed off this historic amusement zone. And we head to a multi-million dollar penthouse apartment in the company of estate agent Paula Del Nunzio, who holds the record for selling New York's most expensive house - a cool $53 million investment.
Sir Tony begins his USA journey in San Francisco on the West coast, where the hippie heritage he fondly remembers has now been replaced by high tech start-ups. From there, he jumps aboard the famous California Zephyr bound for Denver, Colorado, and finds himself grooming Roger, a show pig, for the local state fair. From the grandeur of the Rockies, Tony heads Deep South to the sticky heat and the streets of New Orleans, emerging from the train station into the middle of a musical parade. He blasts through swamps to find alligators, before heading for New York.
To create a sustainable food system food system, the Hines family start to build a greenhouse, and Brett sends Drew and Sarah on a harrowing mission.
The second part of this three-part series, revealing the astonishing daily systems that allow America's biggest and busiest city to function. Anita Rani, Ade Adepitan, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow are in New York. From their base at the New Fulton fish market in The Bronx, they reveal the hidden nighttime operations, hard-nosed negotiations and price fluctuations of this wholesale operation. It is a stock exchange for seafood. This time, Anita, Ade and Ant trace New York's food back to its source. Ade discovers that New York state produces an astonishing 600,000 tonnes of apples, more than 2.5 times Britain's entire production. Anita visits a cattle farm that supplies the steakhouses of New York and finds their diet includes chocolate, crisps and pasta. Ant visits the New New York Bridge - $4 billion project that will provide a new transport artery for the city. Dan Snow heads to Freshkills on Staten Island. Once the world's biggest landfill with 150 million tonnes of rubbish, it has been transformed into 2,200 acres of parkland. And we report on the revolution overtaking New York's food delivery networks. Our cameras go out with the takeaway delivery drivers responsible for getting 180,000 chicken wings to hungry New Yorkers.
Australia's geographic isolation can be felt across the country but this has also led to some amazing finds and history.
Dressed in a kimono and already confused by which slippers he's supposed to be wearing, Tony is bemused by Japan from the moment he arrives. Starting in the southern island of Kyushu, Tony embarks on a train-filled journey through the country. To cover the huge distances in time, Tony jumps on the legendary Japanese bullet train and is soon hurtling along at 322km/h.
This is an insightful documentary on the origins of the name of the NSW town of Lucknow. It's also the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The explorer and his guide journey by any means available deeper into the badlands of Dagestan, a region of Russia that the British Foreign Office warns against visiting.
Hard work and this country have gone hand in hand for a long time and the people doing these jobs around Australia are no strangers to this idea.
After a yacht bound for Florida capsizes during an unexpected storm, its crew is left to drift for days in the Atlantic, where they become prey to a group of tiger sharks.
Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante is in the Maldives in search of a supposedly extinct shark. Unidentified sharks in the area have led many to believe the Pondicherry is alive.
Known around the world for our beautiful beaches, Australia is a true coastal nation. But not just eye-catching, this water is home to an array of creatures dangerous, strange and epic.
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