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The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

  • 2018
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Comedian and TV presenter Romesh Ranganathan travels way beyond his comfort zone and the world of complimentary breakfast buffets to some of the most unlikely places on earth for a holiday.

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Episode 2: Ethiopia

Summary

The comedian visits Ethiopia, where anthropologist Mike Tamerat shows him a side of the country in stark contrast to the common public image of a nation devastated by famine. Romesh experiences local traditional medicine and jazz music, as well as learning more about the country's oppressive political regime that has led to decades of turmoil for a country that stands on the brink of a new era in its history.
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Review

“So, welcome to our traditional spa,” says Mike, the man guiding Romesh Ranganathan’s around Ethiopia. “OK,” says Romesh, “it’s very traditional, isn’t it?” Two men are laying palm leaves on the ground across some muddy water by “essentially what looks like Shrek’s home”.

It’s not tempting, and when hot mineral mud is shovelled onto his back, our host feels “like I’m a cinnamon stick in a really hot bowl of porridge”. It’s one of several incongruous scenes in the comedian’s tour of a country he, like many people, still associates with famine – though its complexity and beauty ends up coming through loud and clear.

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PresenterRomesh Ranganathan

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DirectorChris Cottam
Executive producerMorgan Roberts
Executive producerEmily Hudd

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  • Episode 2

    Ethiopia

    Summary

    The comedian visits Ethiopia, where anthropologist Mike Tamerat shows him a side of the country in stark contrast to the common public image of a nation devastated by famine. Romesh experiences local traditional medicine and jazz music, as well as learning more about the country's oppressive political regime that has led to decades of turmoil for a country that stands on the brink of a new era in its history.
    Recommended

    Review

    “So, welcome to our traditional spa,” says Mike, the man guiding Romesh Ranganathan’s around Ethiopia. “OK,” says Romesh, “it’s very traditional, isn’t it?” Two men are laying palm leaves on the ground across some muddy water by “essentially what looks like Shrek’s home”.

    It’s not tempting, and when hot mineral mud is shovelled onto his back, our host feels “like I’m a cinnamon stick in a really hot bowl of porridge”. It’s one of several incongruous scenes in the comedian’s tour of a country he, like many people, still associates with famine – though its complexity and beauty ends up coming through loud and clear.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterRomesh Ranganathan

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorChris Cottam
    Executive producerMorgan Roberts
    Executive producerEmily Hudd

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