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Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 4: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways: Slow Train to Guantanamo Bay

Summary

Chris attempts to cross the length of Cuba, the only island in the Caribbean to boast an extensive railway network, starting in Havana in the west. This proves to be a major challenge given the unreliability of the service and the old trains regularly used, but makes for a fascinating journey to Chris's ultimate goal, the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Along the way he soaks up the sights and sounds of Havana, retraces the footsteps of the country's national hero Che Guevara, and visits the ghost town of Camilo Cienfuegos - a relic from Cuba's colonial sugar plantation era.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another enjoyably touch-and-go journey for Tarrant. He’s travelling from Havana to Guantanamo Bay but discovers that crossing Cuba by rail is “about as easy as crossing a Chihuahua with a kangaroo”.

At times he resorts to buses, taxis and state-sponsored hitch-hiking, grumbling about the discomfort on each leg, but putting up with it. (After one seven-hour stint in a dirty carriage, he quips, “I shall miss that old train lavatory. It smelt like somebody else already had.”)

But he does just enough to keep us informed about Cuba’s past, including the Bay of Pigs and Hershey bars. And as he finally reaches Guantanamo, he sings, of course, Guantanamera.

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PresenterChris Tarrant

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DirectorNeil Ferguson
Executive producerNina Carbone
Executive producerDale Templar
Executive producerHugh Whitworth
Executive producerMelanie Darlaston
ProducerNeil Ferguson
Series producerHugh Whitworth

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  • Episode 4

    Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways: Slow Train to Guantanamo Bay

    Summary

    Chris attempts to cross the length of Cuba, the only island in the Caribbean to boast an extensive railway network, starting in Havana in the west. This proves to be a major challenge given the unreliability of the service and the old trains regularly used, but makes for a fascinating journey to Chris's ultimate goal, the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Along the way he soaks up the sights and sounds of Havana, retraces the footsteps of the country's national hero Che Guevara, and visits the ghost town of Camilo Cienfuegos - a relic from Cuba's colonial sugar plantation era.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Another enjoyably touch-and-go journey for Tarrant. He’s travelling from Havana to Guantanamo Bay but discovers that crossing Cuba by rail is “about as easy as crossing a Chihuahua with a kangaroo”.

    At times he resorts to buses, taxis and state-sponsored hitch-hiking, grumbling about the discomfort on each leg, but putting up with it. (After one seven-hour stint in a dirty carriage, he quips, “I shall miss that old train lavatory. It smelt like somebody else already had.”)

    But he does just enough to keep us informed about Cuba’s past, including the Bay of Pigs and Hershey bars. And as he finally reaches Guantanamo, he sings, of course, Guantanamera.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterChris Tarrant

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorNeil Ferguson
    Executive producerNina Carbone
    Executive producerDale Templar
    Executive producerHugh Whitworth
    Executive producerMelanie Darlaston
    ProducerNeil Ferguson
    Series producerHugh Whitworth
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