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The Ganges with Sue Perkins

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

Sue Perkins undertakes an epic, personal journey to the source of India's Ganges river in the Himalayas, meeting hermits and holy men to understand the sacred nature of this river.

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Episode 1: The Ganges with Sue Perkins

Summary

The comedian and presenter embarks on an epic journey along the sacred river, from its source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. She begins by trekking to the source of the Ganges River in the highest mountain range on Earth, meeting hermits and wandering holy people that call this sacred landscape home. Moving on, she visits Rishikesh - a magnet for spiritual-seekers ever since the Beatles stayed there almost 50 years ago - meets a holy man-turned-business guru and attends a nightly ceremony to praise the river

Review

Sue Perkins is such a wonderful travel guide. Eloquent, kind, interested, without being effusive or silly. Well, she’s silly occasionally, but not in a gurning “TV presenter on a trip” way.

She is also admirably honest about her reasons for travelling the length of the Ganges; ‘I know everyone says this on telly, but this really is an emotional journey for me, I’ve had a horrible year, a really horrible year.”

In a remarkably moving and open few moments Perkins later reveals that before she left for India she was struggling to cope with the recent death of her father. If this makes the programme sound painfully solipsistic then it shouldn’t, because it’s a joyous hour that’s both informative and highly personal without ever touching even the remotest fringes of self-pity.

Perkins visits the ashram that’s become a shrine for Beatles’ fans, and meets a cheery swami who heads a multimillion-dollar natural foods business.

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Details

Released on
2017-10-19
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
PresenterSue Perkins
Series producerVicky Hinners
DirectorVicky Hinners
Executive producerSteve Robinson
ProducerFred Windsor-Clive

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  • Summary

    The comedian and presenter embarks on an epic journey along the sacred river, from its source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. She begins by trekking to the source of the Ganges River in the highest mountain range on Earth, meeting hermits and wandering holy people that call this sacred landscape home. Moving on, she visits Rishikesh - a magnet for spiritual-seekers ever since the Beatles stayed there almost 50 years ago - meets a holy man-turned-business guru and attends a nightly ceremony to praise the river

    Review

    Sue Perkins is such a wonderful travel guide. Eloquent, kind, interested, without being effusive or silly. Well, she’s silly occasionally, but not in a gurning “TV presenter on a trip” way.

    She is also admirably honest about her reasons for travelling the length of the Ganges; ‘I know everyone says this on telly, but this really is an emotional journey for me, I’ve had a horrible year, a really horrible year.”

    In a remarkably moving and open few moments Perkins later reveals that before she left for India she was struggling to cope with the recent death of her father. If this makes the programme sound painfully solipsistic then it shouldn’t, because it’s a joyous hour that’s both informative and highly personal without ever touching even the remotest fringes of self-pity.

    Perkins visits the ashram that’s become a shrine for Beatles’ fans, and meets a cheery swami who heads a multimillion-dollar natural foods business.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2017-10-19
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterSue Perkins
    Series producerVicky Hinners
    DirectorVicky Hinners
    Executive producerSteve Robinson
    ProducerFred Windsor-Clive
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