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An Art Lovers' Guide episode 6 - St Petersburg

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 6 – St Petersburg

In the final episode of their entertaining series of cultural city breaks, Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture. They want to see how art has been used to enhance prestige and power in this city, ever since it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great. Surrounded ...

An Art Lovers' Guide episode 5

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 5 – Barcelona

In this episode, Janina Ramirez and Alastair are on a mission to get to know one of the most popular cities in the world through its art and architecture. Although Barcelona is famous for its exuberant modernista buildings, the Gothic Quarter and artistic superstars such as Picasso, Janina and Alastair are determined to discover some ...

An Art Lovers' Guide episode 4 - Amsterdam

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 4 – Amsterdam

In this episode, they head to Amsterdam, a city that pioneered so much of modern life, from multinational trade to the way we design our homes. To find out how, Alastair and Janina take us on a fast paced tour of the city's cultural hotspots. Picking their way through the crowds queuing to see Rembrandt ...

An Art Lovers' Guide episode 3 - Baku

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 3 – Baku

Nina and Alastair set off to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. A former Soviet state, bordering the Caspian Sea, Baku offers a tantalising mix of the ancient and modern - at the crossroads of east meets west, on the ancient silk trading route. It is also an authoritarian state, where cultural life is tightly controlled. So, ...

An Art Lovers' Guide episode 2 - Beirut

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 2 – Beirut

Nina and Alastair explore Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. This fascinating crossroads between east and west has a rich history, and a troubled recent past. It's the most diverse city in the Arab world, with 18 recognised religious sects. Its French influence gave it the reputation as the Paris of the east during the ...

An Art Lovers' Guide episode 1 - Lisbon

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 1 – Lisbon

Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke take us on three entertaining and revealing cultural city breaks. Nina and Alastair head to Lisbon, rapidly becoming one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. Winding through the city's cobbled streets, from its steep hills to the picturesque shore line, the cultural riches they encounter reveal the city's fascinating ...

The Story of India episode 6

The Story of India episode 6 – Freedom

This episode examines the British Raj and India’s struggle for freedom. Wood reveals how in South India a global corporation came to control much of the subcontinent, and explores the magical culture of Lucknow, discovering the enigmatic Briton who helped found the freedom movement. He traces the Amritsar massacre, the rise of Gandhi and Nehru, ...

The Story of India episode 5

The Story of India episode 5 – The Meeting of Two Oceans

The Story of India episode 5 - The Meeting of Two Oceans The documentary series about the history of India charts the coming of Islam to the subcontinent and one of the greatest ages of world civilisation: the Mughals. Michael Wood visits Sufi shrines in Old Delhi, desert fortresses in Rajasthan and the cities of ...

The Story of India episode 4 - Ages of Gold

The Story of India episode 4 – Ages of Gold

The Story of India episode 4 - Ages of Gold Documentary series about the history of India. Presenter Michael Wood seeks out the achievements of the country’s golden age, discovering how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the Earth and wrote the world’s first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. In the south, he visits ...

The Story of India episode 3 - Spice Routes and Silk Roads

The Story of India episode 3 – Spice Routes and Silk Roads

The Story of India episode 3 - Spice Routes and Silk Roads In this episode he traces India in the days of the Roman Empire. In Kerala the spice trade opened India to the world, whilst gold and silk bazaars in the ancient city of Madurai were a delight for visiting Greek traders. From the ...