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Episode 7: Sri Lanka

Summary

Bill Nighy narrates a train journey across Sri Lanka along one of the world's best-preserved Victorian railways. The trip begins in the coastal city of Colombo and moves on to the country's cultural and spiritual heart in Kandy. The journey continues through a a very English town that produces some of the world's finest teas, coming to a stop at a hill station surrounded by tropical forests close to one of the world's most spectacular viaducts - the Nine Arch Bridge.
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Review

One of the joys of these lovely programmes is meeting the dapper, immensely proud stationmasters from around the world who take the utmost pride in keeping their often tiny domains immaculate.

The white-uniformed gentleman who looks after little Ella station high in the hills of Sri Lanka closes his platforms to the public every morning to ensure every inch is swept, washed and polished. Even the plants are watered assiduously.

The busy train from the city of Colombo to the beautiful Nine Arch Bridge stops at many dinky stations like Ella, which largely accounts for the delightful slowness of the trip, along with seemingly endless waits in sidings on single tracks as other engines pass.

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  • Episode 7

    Sri Lanka

    Summary

    Bill Nighy narrates a train journey across Sri Lanka along one of the world's best-preserved Victorian railways. The trip begins in the coastal city of Colombo and moves on to the country's cultural and spiritual heart in Kandy. The journey continues through a a very English town that produces some of the world's finest teas, coming to a stop at a hill station surrounded by tropical forests close to one of the world's most spectacular viaducts - the Nine Arch Bridge.
    Recommended

    Review

    One of the joys of these lovely programmes is meeting the dapper, immensely proud stationmasters from around the world who take the utmost pride in keeping their often tiny domains immaculate.

    The white-uniformed gentleman who looks after little Ella station high in the hills of Sri Lanka closes his platforms to the public every morning to ensure every inch is swept, washed and polished. Even the plants are watered assiduously.

    The busy train from the city of Colombo to the beautiful Nine Arch Bridge stops at many dinky stations like Ella, which largely accounts for the delightful slowness of the trip, along with seemingly endless waits in sidings on single tracks as other engines pass.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorBill Nighy

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorRoss Young
    Executive producerTom Porter
    ProducerRoss Young
    Series producerClare Fisher
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