The Windy Sea
|197C||01||The Last Big Elephant||19970917||19980129||Tim Whewell embarks upon a four-part journey around the Caspian Sea.|
1: `The Last Big Elephant'.
Ten years ago, Azerbaijan was a little-known Soviet Republic.
Now its capital city, Baku, has become the site for the first, and possibly the last, great oil bonanza of the 21st century.
But could this previously impoverished country be looking for more than oil dollars from the West?
|197C||02||The Fruits Of Independence||19970924||19980205||Tim Whewell continues his four-part exploration of the countries bordering the Caspian Sea.|
2: `The Fruits of Independence'.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, the desert province of Turkmenistan became a nation overnight.
But independence has brought neither wealth nor democracy, despite the country's massive reserves of natural gas.
|197C||03||Proudly Made In Iran||19971001||19980212||Tim Whewell continues his four-part exploration of the countries bordering the Caspian Sea.|
3: `Proudly Made in Iran'.
Holidaymakers are returning to Iran's Caspian Sea resorts.
After two decades of isolation, Iran is showing signs of wanting to come in from the cold.
But will a new liberal leadership and an appetite for change be enough to break the deadlock?
|197C||04 LAST||Caviar And Kalashnikovs||19971008||19980219||The last of four programmes exploring the countries bordering the Caspian Sea.|
`Caviar and Kalashnikovs'.
Tim Whewell travels to Russia's troubled southern borders to explore the effect of the Soviet Union's break-up on the balance of power in the region.
Along the way, he chases caviar poachers and is shown round a mafia mansion at gunpoint.