Urban Sketchers

Chuck’s retro board game is developed at the Play-Test Group at the National Theatre. July 2023. 4 minutes.

Drawing London. Each month the Urban Sketchers find inspiration in a different location. May 2023. 1 minute.

Banksy in Trieste: Genius or Vandal?

How They Garden in St John’s Wood

A visit to the Banksy exhibition in Trieste. December 2022. 8 minutes.

How the super-rich garden in St John’s Wood. August 2021. 4 minutes.

Now We Are 100

The birthday card from the Queen has arrived. Time to celebrate the lifetime of an adventurous lady. August, 2015. 7 minutes.

Teaching in China

When you’re teaching English to a class of 90 Chinese students, you’ve got to be a determined entertainer. May 2007. 7 minutes.

United Kingdom

Roundabout Route to the Fringe

We take a leisurely detour to the remote Inner Hebrides islands of Tiree and Coll enroute to the frenzy of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. August 2023. 40 minutes.

Return to Salcombe

35 years on we return to Salcombe, where Chuck had moored his yawl, the Amaryllis. April 2023. 26 minutes.

Escape to Dorset

Post-lockdown we rediscover the small pleasures of Dorset and some surprises. August 2020. 15 minutes.


País Vasco

After Covid 19, our first venture abroad. We tour the Basque heartland, including the pincho paradise of Donastia and fateful Gernika. April 2022. 37 minutes.

Heading South

A journey to El Rocío the site of the Romeria, an annual horseback pilgrimage. April, 2019. 24 minutes.

Not Las Palmas

Exploring the steepest island in the world, La Palma, in the Canary Islands. April, 2018. 26 minutes.

Benicàsim: Beach and Beyond

Travelling through Cataluña on the eve of the vote for independence. October, 2017. 23 minutes.

Andalucia: Sierra and Sea

A mountain trek from Grazalema and then coastal Zahara de los Atunes. April 2016. 20 minutes.

Exploring Murcia Traditions

We walk the Via Verde, a disused railway line, and discover a strange rural culture. May 2015. 20 minutes.

Across Spain: Cataluña to Asturias

Crossing northern Spain, from Tarragona to León and Asturias in search of early Spring. March, 2013. 16 minutes.

Andalucía & la Via Verde

Is 30 kilometers too far to walk to a destination restaurant? Is Cádiz the most enchanting city in Spain? October 2012. 28 minutes.

The Balearics & Cataluña

A journey through the Catalan areas of Spain takes us from the Balearic Islands to the volcanic region of La Garrotxa. October 2011. 40 minutes.

Córdoba and the Sierra de Aracena

From the flower-filled gardens of Córdoba to the wild flowers of the Sierra Aracena, where we look for a property. April 2009.

Semana Santa in Andalucía

Theatrical and passionate, Semana Santa (Holy Week) is spectacular in Andalucía and Sevilla. April 2009. 46 minutes.

Roundabout Route to Santiago

We had no intention of making a pilgrimage, but misadventure brought us to Santiago. October 2009. 37 minutes.

On the Trail of El Cid

1000 years ago he reconquered Valencia and he’s buried in Burgos cathedral. September, 2008. 40 minutes.

The Heart of Spain

Madrid, Toledo, Cinchón, El Escorial, that ghastly sepulchre, The Valley of the Fallen, Segovia and Ávila. March 2006. 31 minutes.

Alto Aragon

After Zaragoza, we trek by horseback in the Pyreneean foothills and shank’s mare in the Hecho valley. May 2005. 21 minutes.

Castles in Spain

Once upon a time there were 10,000 castles in Spain. We take in a few plus some other architectural fancies. May 2004. 43 minutes.

La Gomera

La Gomera, one of the more remote Canary Islands, offers trekking with a view round every bend. November 2004. 18 minutes.

Walking the Pyrenees

From Benasque in Spain, we hike through Andorra and France and scake Pic Carlit. July-August, 2003. 47 minutes.

Los Pirineos in Winter

Cross-country skiing must be so much less physically demanding than downhill. Wrong! February 2002. 10 minutes.

Rest of Europe

Let’s Go to Venice for Lunch, and then . . .

We take the sleeper to Venice in the Christmas season for a bit of cultural nutrition and a slap-up lunch. After the dolce, then what? We venture into unknown lands and explore three cities with exotic names: Trieste, Zagreb and Ljubljana. December, 2022. 55 minutes.

Heading North: Part 1

A voyage to the most northerly corner of Europe starts with a train trip to Norway. It takes us a week. October, 2018. 27 minutes.

Heading North: Part 2

Threading the Norwegian coast we travel 1,300 nautical miles and visit 34 ports of call – each way. October 2018. 54 minutes.


Cobbled streets throb with trams and fado, and we wander around the fabulous castle in Sintra. October, 2003. 28 minutes.


A tour of the marvelous mosques and markets of Istanbul and a cruise up to the Black Sea. November 2003. 23 minutes.

On which Idyllic Greek Island Shall We Buy a House?

Follow the dream: a house-hunting expedition through nine very different islands in the Cyclades. April, 2002. 58 minutes.

Discovering Albania with Professor Tom Winnifrith

Professor Tom Winnifrith leads us on a cultural exploration of ancient civilisations. September, 2002. 44 minutes.

Latin America

Brasil Part 1: Rio de Janeiro to Manaus

Rio de Janeiro to Ouro Preto, Brasilia and the inland port of Manaus on the Amazon. November 2019. 55 minutes.

Brasil Part 2: Inhotim

Inhotim, the world’s largest outdoor art museum, is carved from the Brazil jungle. November 2019. 20 minutes.

Brasil Part 3: Amazon

A 5-day Amazon River voyage, then on to Salvador and Arembepe in Bahia. December 2019. 55 minutes.

Colombia: Part 1

From Bogotá by bus to Barrancabermeja, then down the Río Magdalena to reach Mompós, the city that time forgot. February, 2018. 44 minutes.

Colombia: Part 2

Medellin, once the murder capital of the world, has been transformed. Plus a coffee plantation and back to Bogotá. February, 2018. 32 minutes.

Medical Electives in Cuba

We sent over 400 medical students from 20 countries to learn how Cuban medicine does so much for so little. March 2014. 11 minutes.

Central America: Part 1

Travels through Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua in December 2007. 52 minutes.

Central America: Part 2

Jungles and volcanos in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in January 2008. 43 minutes.

Argentina on Horseback

By horseback across the Andes and by bus in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. January 2007. 57 minutes.

Mexico – Part 1

Mexico City

Parades, ancient sites, revolutionary murals and the world’s largest plaza de toros. November, 2005. 38 minutes.

Mexico – Part 2

Day of the Dead

When dawn breaks, the vigils in the cemetery turn into a family fiestas. November, 2005. 47 minutes.

Mexico – Part 3


A boisterous Independence Day parade in the stronghold of the Zapatista revolutionary movement. November, 2005. 37 minutes.

Mexico – Part 4


Remote pre-Columbian cities, underground cenote lakes and Mérida’s joyful Sunday celebrations. December, 2005. 56 minutes.

Ecuador on Horseback

Riding through rainforests, steep river valleys and an extinct volcano, plus visiting Quito, Otavalo and Guayaquil, December 2004. 31 minutes.

Sailing the Galápagos

As Darwin observed, the finches, and much else, differ from island to island in the Galápagos. December 2004. 58 minutes.

Along the Andes: Part 1

Lima, the mysterious Nazca lines, a carol concert in Arequipa, heading through the Atacama desert to Chile. December, 2002. 46 minutes.

Along the Andes: Part 2

Breaking down in the Atacama desert, riding in Torres del Paine Park, sailing through the Chilean fjords. December, 2002. 46 minutes.

Along the Andes: Part 3

By bus, boat and train through dramatic scenery in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia to the world’s highest city, Potosí. January, 2003. 47 minutes.

Along the Andes: Part 4

From La Paz in Bolivia, we cross Lake Titicaca and the Andes of Peru, back to sea level and then north to Ecuador. January, 2003. 54 minutes.


West Bengal: Part 1

From Kolkata to Darjeeling, sudden demonetisation throws India into economic chaos. November, 2016. 49 minutes.

West Bengal: Part 2

A quiet stay on a farm in the Himalayas, little-visited temples in Malda, and the dreamy Sunderbans delta. December, 2016. 50 minutes.

Burma: Part 1

Mandalay & Bagan

A jolting 16-hour train trip to Mandalay, then a voyage down the Ayerarwady River to Bagan’s 4,400 temples . December, 2012. 57 minutes.

Burma: Part 2

Pyin Oo Lwin & Hsipaw

A perilous rail journey to the Shan state. The train trip back South goes pear-shaped when we miss our stop! December, 2012. 41 minutes.

Burma: Part 1

Pa An & Burma Railway

Karst mountains shelter huge caves stuffed with Buddhas. The scant remains of the Burma Railway. December, 2012. 37 minutes.

Beatrice Hits the Silk Road

A 92-year-old Welsh lady realises a lifetime dream of visiting the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan. April 2008. 55 minutes.

Lhasa to London by Rail: Part 1


Starting in Tibet, it’s 9000 kilometers by rail from Lhasa to London. May 2007, 45 minutes.

Lhasa to London by Rail: Part 2

Ancient China

Crossing Tibet on the world’s highest railway to explore traditional of China. May, 2007. 37 minutes.

Lhasa to London by Rail: Part 3


Lhasa to London by Rail: Part 4

Trans-Siberian Railway

Breaking our journey in Beijing on the passage by rail from Tibet to England. May, 2007. 57 minutes.

The Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Moscow, and then on to London. June, 2007. 59 minutes.


Namibia: Part 1

Driving through spectacular dunes and the sand that sings. November, 2015. 44 minutes.

Namibia: Part 2

Dramatic scenery and encounters with elephants, lions and all the rest. November 2015. 46 minutes.

Middle East

The Last Tourists in Syria? Part 1

Revolution was stirring in Syria, but we had already booked our tickets for the six-day train journey to Aleppo. April, 2011. 58 minutes

The Last Tourists in Syria? Part 2

Life seemed normal in Damascus and the desert ruins of Palmyra but then we ran into the armed roadblocks. April, 2011. 55 minutes


Round-the-World: Part 1

India: Maharashtra & Andhra Pradesh

Round-the-World: Part 2

India: Karnataka, Goa & Hampi

The hill resort of Matheran, the holy city of Nasik, ancient forts and rock-cut temples. October, 2000. 44 minutes.

We arrive at the time of a festival in the sprawling ruins of the ancient city of Hampi. November, 2000. 52 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 3

India: Kerala and the Temples of Tamil Nadu

Round-the-World: Part 4

India: Rowing Down the Ganges

Kerala isn’t just rice boats. Fort Kochi’s markets, tea plantations of the Cardamom Hills, the game reserve of Periyar. November, 2000. 56 minutes.

As the crow flies it’s about 200k from Allahabad to Varanasi. Our voyage by rowboat takes five days and nights. December 2000. 48 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 5

India: Dallying with Wolves in Gujarat

Staying in a remote village to study the behaviour of the Indian wolf. January 2001. 54 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 6

India: Madhya Pradesh & Gujarat

The temples, palaces and fortresseses of Madhya Pradesh , Diu and Gujarat. January 2001. 53 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 7

Down the Mekong

A voyage down the Mekong in Laos on the tipsy ‘Ship of Fools’ to dreamy Luang Prabang. February 2001. 56 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 8

Laos & Cambodia

Drifting through the lotus lands and exploring the haunted, sprawling temples of Angkor Wat. February 2001. 54 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 9


From frenetic Hanoi and mystical Halong Bay through the freezing mountain village of Sapa to the warm south. February, 2001. 55 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 10


In Sumatra, a huge lake in a volcano and encounters with orang-utans. In Bali, dances and temples. March, 2001. 57 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 11


From Perth we take the Indian Pacific across the Nullabor desert to Adelaide, then on to Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland. March 2001. 52 minutes.

Round-the-World: Part 12

Fiji to the USA

Total culture shock: from lagoon life in Fiji to skiing in California, then back to college for a lacrosse game in Geneva, New York. April, 2001. 58 minutes.


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Part 1: Family

1900-1954 42 minutes

Part 2: Setting Out

1954-1969 41 minutes

Part 3: Stormy Passage

1969-1983 60 minutes

Part 4: Safe Harbour

1983-2022 47 minutes