The Ganges with Sue Perkins

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The Ganges with Sue Perkins

Series 1 - Episode 1

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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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sue Perkins
Director Vicky Hinners
Executive Producer Steve Robinson
Producer Fred Windsor-Clive
Series Producer Vicky Hinners
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