Tales From The Back Of Beyond

Travellers' tales.

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19990103

A Car Crash Sets In Train A Catalogue Of Disasters For A Group Heading Into The Sahara Desert.

When things cannot get any worse, they usually do.

19970928
Four Oxford Graduates Head Out Into A Chinese Desert In Search Of The Few Remaining Wild Bactrian Ca19980507

mels - but nothing seems to go quite right for the two men and two women.

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Asix-part series of travellers' tales. 1: Taklimakan DesertRepeated from Tuesday

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The second of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. The British Army has relied on tough Gurkha soldiers throughout many wars. But what impact has recruitment had in Nepal? An expedition into the Nepalese hills discovers that traditional village life is being affected. Producer Neil Walker Repeated Sunday at 5pm

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Producer: Neil Walker

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The second of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. What impact has the British recruitment of Gurkha soldiers had on traditional village life in Nepal? Repeated from Tuesday

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The third of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. Anthropologist Dr Jean Brown has been documenting the lives of the nomadic Pokot tribe of northern Kenya for 24 years. On her last trip, she records a way of life which is about to die out. Producer Neil Walker Repeated Sunday 5pm

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Unknown: Dr Jean Brown

Producer: Neil Walker

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The third of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. Anthropologist Dr Jean Brown has been recording the lives of the nomadic Pokot tribe of northern Kenya for 24 years. Repeated from Tuesday

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Unknown: Dr Jean Brown

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The fourth of six programmes featuring travellers' tales.

Dr Sarah O'Hara describes the rapid decline of Turkmenistan's vital irrigation system. "For a country which is nearly all desert, Turkmenistan wastes an awful lot of water." Meanwhile, the country's president busies himself creating his own version of Versailles. Producer Neil Walker

Repeated Sunday 5pm

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Unknown: Dr Sarah O'Hara

Producer: Neil Walker

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The fourth of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. Dr Sarah O'Hara describes the rapid decline of Turkmenistan's vital irrigation system. Repeated from Tuesday

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Unknown: Dr Sarah O'Hara

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The fifth of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. Three Durham undergraduates set out on a mission to record the herbal cures practised by the Dayaks of Kalimantan before these remedies - and the rainforest - are lost for ever.

Producer Neil Walker. Repeated Sunday 5pm

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Producer: Neil Walker.

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Six travellers' tales.

5: Three Durham undergraduates set out on a mission to record the herbal cures practised by the Dayaks of Kalimantan.

Repeated from Tuesday

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The last of six programmes featuring travellers' tales. On a tour of Vietnam, Jon Hassid and John Walsh find the country's embrace of capitalism breathtaking. The Vietnamese may not like talking about the war, but it seems that they do not mind earning a dollar out of it. Meanwhile, they are increasingly abandoning their own culture. Producer Neil Walker Repeated Sunday 5pm

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Unknown: Jon Hassid

Unknown: John Walsh

Producer: Neil Walker

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The last of six travellers' tales. On a tour of Vietnam, Jon Hassid finds the country's embrace of capitalism breathtaking. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970928]

Unknown: Jon Hassid

In The Poverty-stricken Hills Of Nepal, Every Son Wants A Ticket To Prosperity By Becoming A Gurkha19980430

soldier.

But British Army recruitment policy is changing - a research team from RoyAl Holloway University finds that the Army, and the money it provides, has a profound effect on almost every aspect of village life.

Iran Is A Tricky Place For Travellers19990110

Christopher Mahon is treated to hospitality and malice in equal measure as he searches for the relics of a lost fire-worshipping religion.

01Taklimakan Desert1997081919970824

The fourth of six programmes featuring travellers' tales.

Dr Sarah O'Hara describes the rapid decline of Turkmenistan's vital irrigation system.

`For a country which is nearly all desert, Turkmenistan wastes an awful lot of water'.

Meanwhile, the country's president busies himself creating his own version of Versailles.

A search for wild camels becomes a hot-tempered affair for four Oxford graduates.

There are also nuclear tests, pickpockets and a stifling Chinese bureaucracy to contend with.

02The Second Of Six Programmes Featuring Travellers' Tales. The British Army Has Relied On Tough Gurkh1997082619970831

a soldiers throughout many wars.

But what impact has recruitment had in Nepal? An expedition into the Nepalese hills discovers that traditional village life is being affected.

03The Pokot Tribe1997090219970907
19980514 (R4)

The third of six programmes featuring travellers' tales.

Anthropologist Dr Jean Brown has been documenting the lives of the nomadic Pokot tribe of northern Kenya for 24 years.

On her last trip, she records a way of life which is about to die out.

The Pokot tribe has been shielded from modernisation and, during the last 24 years, anthropologist Dr Jean Brown has catalogued every aspect of their gory and sometimes brutal lives.

On her final trip, she talks with regret of how the Pokot are preparing to throw off their traditions and become just like other Kenyans.

04Taklimakan Desert1997090919970914
06 LASTVietnam19970923
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is going all out to embrace western capitalism, in spite of its Communist government.

Jon Walsh and Jonathan Hassid find that in its race to adopt the new, Vietnam's own cultural heritage is being obliterated.

199A01Dong Singers1999011719990406

The Dong people are a minority in China, famous for their singing.

Marc Francis discovers that even lovers are selected according to their vocal abilities.

199A02Leopards In Zimbabwe1999012419990413

Ecologist Alayne Cotterill teams up with the Army to catch leopards in Zimbabwe as part of a wildlife management exercise.

199A03Montserrat1999013119990420

A large part of the population of the Caribbean island of Montserrat fled when the volcano erupted.

For those that stayed, life has become increasingly difficult, especially for the homeless elderly.

199A04Borneo Rainforest1999020719990427

A team from Plymouth University discovers how cutting down the Borneo rainforest can increase insect numbers.

199A05Reindeer Herding On The Kamchatka Peninsula1999021419990504

is almost bankrupt because of the collapse of Communism and the rouble.

Can a team of ecologists and anthropologists from Cambridge offer any working solutions?

199A06 LASTThe Fijian Islands1999022119990511

will soon suffer water shortages if the islanders continue to squander their resources.

Hydrologists from Imperial College, London, ponder how to solve the problem.

200C01Mayan City On Mexico20000718

Husband and wife Alan and Yunna Robinson put their marriage under strain as they uncover a Mayan city in Mexico.

200C02The Cave Of Swimmers20000725

Paula Hardy searches for the Cave of Swimmers, deep in Libya's Sahara Desert.

200C03Che Guevera's Tyre Tracks20000801

Two young men follow Che Guevera's tyre tracks on a motorcycle journey through South America.

200C04Yak Butter20000808

A remote Chinese village threatens to erupt into violence over a debt of yak butter.

200C05An Exhausting Trek From Karakorum To Xanadu20000815

finds three students unprepared for the rigours of Mongolia.

200C06 LASTMadagascar20000822

The concluding episode of the series of travellers' tales focuses on Madagascar.

A05Three Durham Undergraduates Set Out On A Mi1997091619970921

The fifth of six programmes featuring travellers' tales.

Three Durham undergraduates set out on a mission to record the herbal cures practised by the Dayaks of Kalimantan before these remedies - and the rainforest - are lost for ever.