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A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by bIG bLOGGER on 10 October 2008 2:31pm
 
Should our Michael Palin be worried,or flattered? Is his Travel Format being copied? Does it matter if it is?

TV viewers in the UK are in for a glut of new Travelogue-type programmes in October and November,viz:---

"Great Cities of The World"
presented by Griff Rhys Jones.Wednesdays.ITV:9pm.


"Paul Merton In India"
presented by Paul Merton.
Wednesdays. Five TV:9pm.

"The American Future:A History"
presented by Simon Schama.
Fridays. BBC2TV:9pm.

"Stephen Fry's America"
presented by Stephen Fry.
Sundays. BBC1:9pm.
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by suzulu on 10 October 2008 3:41pm
 
Well, I don't know if he would be worried or not, probably not. It's interesting that most of the presenters of the new travel programmes are or were comedians.
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by bIG bLOGGER on 13 October 2008 4:51pm
 
Yeah,suzulu,that's right.

I watched the first part of STEPHEN FRY's AMERICA,new series,last night,and it was quite entertaining,even though something of a 'whistlestop' tour of New England,taking in bits of Maine, Vermont,Boston,Mass.,New York State,Maryland,with Stephen finally arriving,in his black shiny London taxicab,in the Capitol,Washington,D.C.
FRY is a good travel guide,and he obviously enjoys chatting to ordinary workaday people and exploring the country,so it bodes well for the rest of the series. Review:Excellent.
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by elina on 13 October 2008 5:54pm
 
I wish they show Stephen Fry's series here, I'd love to see it. And read the book as well.

Maybe the producers think that comedians can take a look at new cultures with an open mind, not too seriously but with the greatest respect. And comedians make good presenters. Maybe it comes naturally for them.
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by mrsthing on 13 October 2008 8:39pm
 
Just for the record, New York and Maryland aren't part of New England. It's just Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

And how come NOBODY ever comes to Connecticut?
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by suzulu on 13 October 2008 10:43pm
 
I watched Stephen Fry's programme and enjoyed it too.

Well, Judy, he might get to Connecticut yet.
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by kazzzz on 13 October 2008 11:47pm
 
Ohh I so hope we ge the Stephen Fry series here, sounds ace and I really like his style. We prob won't tho, well not for years anyway.
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by johnnythemonkey on 14 October 2008 12:25am
 
He's visiting all of the states....that's the purpose of the programme. BB is right though, it was 'whistlestop'.
What did we see of Vermont ? A visit to Ben& Jerry's ice cream factory.
An entertaining programme but I think we saw about four states in the first fifteen minutes.
The first eposide of 'Paul Merton in India' was screened on Channel 5 tonight. Excellent and very reminiscent of Michael's style I thought.
India certainly seems a fascinating place. He met up with some holy men at a five day religious festival. These guys could perform amazing feats with their pen-ises ! One guy lifted a huge boulder tied to his tadger.....I had to look away.
So India has it's fair share of 'tricky dickies' :).
 
Re: A Glut of TV Travel Series in the UK by Wild in Africa on 14 October 2008 2:52pm
 
And not forgetting of course the wonderful Bruce Parry and 'Amazon' BBC2 Mondays at 9p.m.
 



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