Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

The working title for this series was Secret Spain but thankfully, Channel 5 has seen sense. After all, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia hardy constitutes a secret, even though Alex Polizzi conquers her fear of heights to go right to the top, which is something most ordinary folk can’t do.

However, her visit to a different sort of cathedral – a cathedral of wine in the Rioja region – is revelatory. Towering above it is a startlingly dramatic, modernist hotel designed by Guggenheim architect Frank Gehry.

Polizzi, who can be pretty fierce on her Hotel Inspector series, is downright skittish, giggling and batting her eyelashes at the camera. Although that might just be the result of her getting tipsy after an impressive bar crawl in Logroño tasting pintxos (like tapas but smaller) washed down with (lots of) local wine. Watching the Catalan tradition of castellers (human towers) sobers her up though.

Summary

The hotelier and presenter shares her passion for Spain's culture and people, and makes some new discoveries along the way. She begins in the north east, a region often overlooked by Brits, where she enjoys a luxurious cabernet grape body scrub, and is shown around an astonishing cellar full of ancient wines. Alex experiences the craziness of the San Fermin fiesta, including the legendary running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona, before heading to Barcelona - Spain's second largest city - famous for its vibrant, cosmopolitan character, and abundance of art and architecture.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alex Polizzi
Executive Producer Dan Adamson
Producer Arianna Perretta
Series Director Chris Williams
Series Producer Chris Williams
Documentary History Lifestyle