Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road


Joanna Lumley embarks on a grand and challenging journey into the heart of the Silk Road. 

The Silk Road was one of the most transformative super-highways in human history. Not only did it bring silk to the West but it gave us printing, spices, gunpowder, jade, rubies, paper and pasta, among many other things.

Starting in Venice, birthplace of the Silk Road’s most famous traveller Marco Polo, Joanna moves on to Albania, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.  She travels through an array of stunning locations, taking in Turkey’s fantastical Cappadocia and the glorious Silk Road city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.  In Turkey, she visits Istanbul, the city that straddles two continents. And in Iran, she explores the beautiful and ancient cities of Isfahan and Shiraz, with their elegant islamic architecture and beautiful gardens.  Along the way, she meets silk weavers, whirling dervishes and the eagle hunters of Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan mountains.

It is a fabulous adventure that brings some stunning, romantic and rarely filmed parts of the world to the screen.

EPISODE  1 - VENICE, ALBANIA, TURKEY:  Joanna Lumley starts her epic adventure in Venice–the European terminus of the Silk Road-a perilous network of paths that flourished from around 200 BC until the Middle Ages which at one time stretched 10,000 miles from east to west, a meandering skein of trails that formed one of the most transformative super-highways in human history.

EPISODE 2 - GEORGIA AND AZERBAIJAN: Joanna follows the ancient Silk Road from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, across the rapidly changing post-Soviet states of Georgia and Azerbaijan. A perilous network of paths that flourished from around 200 BC until the Middle Ages, the Silk Road once stretched 10,000 miles from east to west, a meandering skein of trails that formed one of the most transformative super-highways inhuman history.

EPISODE 3 - IRAN: Joanna Lumley is in Iran, visiting a succession of cities pivotal to the ideas and philosophies of the Persian Empire that spread out in to the world thanks to the Silk Road, a perilous network of paths that flourished from around 200 BC until the Middle Ages. Stretching 10,000 miles from east to west, it was a meandering skein of trails that formed one of the most transformative super-highways inhuman history.

EPISODE 4 - UZBEKISTAN AND KYRGYZSTAN: Joanna Lumley travels across the post-Soviet, Central Asian states of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on the trail of the ancient Silk Road. A perilous network of paths that flourished from around 200 BC until the Middle Ages, the Silk Road once stretched 10,000 miles from east to west, a meandering skein of trails that formed one of the most transformative super-highways in human history.

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