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Other Superb Travel Series? by Godfather on 30 November 2003 3:50am
 
What are you other TV travel influences?

Apart from Michaels series of course and the excellent Lonely Planet series with Ian (which does not grace our screens in UK anymore),the series which influenced me the most powerfully to get up and travel eventually was one called "On the road again" with Simon Dring.

Made in 1993 or so. The guy had travelled from England in the 1960's with about £50 in his pocket and got all the way to India. In the series he heads back on the route in a jeep (now in his late 40's) to see how travel has changed in those areas, and meet up with the new generation of travellers. It's superb. It has never been released on Video or anything, and only occasionally appears on channels like Discovery now (although there is a boook floating around)

I was wise to tape the entire series off Discovery channel around 1995. He goes from Greece-Turkey-Jordan-Syria-Iran-Pakistan-India over about 6 episodes i think. It's very influencial as he's meeting young backpackers mostly, and finding out what they're up to, why they travelled and whatever else. Their woes, the experiences they are having, what they are learning from their whole experience, and meeting his old friends from the past etc. The guy is quite a famous war reporter and is still working in that field i think. But as the series is concerned, it's very funny and extremely compelling watching. I watch it every year to boost me up again before i go off on another trip. If anyone in the UK wants a copy, then i can gladly send you copies as it's a must see if you like authentic travel programs.

So what are the other programs which hooked you?
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by JK on 30 November 2003 4:49am
 
Ian Wright`s odysseys aka `Globe Trekker`, can be found daily on Sky Digital channel 553 by the by ;o)
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by Godfather on 30 November 2003 4:49pm
 

"Globe Trekker". I saw one or two of those in China recently. Of course, they were dubbed over in Mandarin, so were not easy to watch. I was staying in a local friends house. I was very confused as i was'nt aware he'd gone onto another travel series. I was never sure if was watching Lonely Planet or or not because i never saw the logo or the heard the theme tune. When did this "Globe Trekker" program first begin?. Unfortunately i dont have Sky, so i cant watch them anyway. I only have 5 standard British TV channels at the moment.
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by dangermouse on 1 December 2003 11:36am
 
I like the 'Great Railway Journeys' programmes. Not only do you get great travel programmes, but each one is given a unique twist by the individual presenters. I think a chap called Michael Palin did one, but one of my other favourites is with Alexei Sayle.
Even Michael Portillo did one, I think, in Spain where he has family connections. Another good one was with Victoria Wood - can't remember which UK line she was on, but it went near the station where the film 'Brief Encounter' was filmed. She also had the misfortune of being in a carriage full of school children, the 'hooligan express'.
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by TwoSheds on 1 December 2003 2:22pm
 
Michael actually did two of these programmes. One was back in the 80s when he went to Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland, and the other more recent one was in Ireland.
I've been trying to get a copy of the Scotland one for some time now but the video was deleted some years ago and I've not seen it on ebay.
The station that Victoria Wood passed through was Carnforth in Lancashire, on the Barrow to Preston line.
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by TwoSheds on 1 December 2003 2:40pm
 
Actually I've just checked on Ebay and have found the book that covers the first series for sale, if anyone's interested.
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by Tracy on 1 December 2003 6:44pm
 
I'm a huge fan of Ian and Justine when it comes to Lonely Planet!
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by Godfather on 1 December 2003 9:34pm
 
>But one of my other favourites is with Alexei Sayle.

Dangerumouse. Was that the "Syria and Jordan" episode?. If so,then i love that one also. Alexie was fantastic in it and suitably cynical and sarcastic about everything. I remember a scene where it was Sunset in Wadi Rum and he says something like "Now i'm supposed to the obligatry romantic voiceover with the sunset in the background". Funny guy and good episode. :)
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by JK on 1 December 2003 10:40pm
 
Thank gawd no ones mentioned `Caprice`s Travels`. What utter twaddle! ;o)
 
Re: Other Superb Travel Series? by dangermouse on 1 December 2003 11:37pm
 
GODFATHER

Yes, it was the Syria & Jordan one.
I think Alexei gets better as he gets older - people that take his acerbic wit at face value miss the fact that he's extremely intelligent. He has written a book called 'Alexei Sayle's Great Bus Journeys of the World', but it has very little to do with buses !

http://www.methuen.co.uk/alexeisaylesgreatbusjourneys.html
 
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