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Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventures

British actress and activist Joanna Lumley takes us on a journey along the Silk Road in this four-part series exploring a historical route beginning from Venice, passing Azerbaijan  and Iran before reaching the end at Kyrgyzstan.

Joanna Lumley Silk Road Documentary Series. Music Press Asia

Image by Burning Bright Productions/ITV.

Released in 2018, the journey of Joanna Lumley as she embarks on a spectacular exploration into the heart of the Silk Road in this four-part series.

The Silk Road was one of the most transformative super-highways in human history. In Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey is a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road.

A perilous network of ways, the Silk Road over centuries shaped the modern world, bringing silk, printing, spices, gunpowder, and many other things, to the West. From Turkey’s fantastical Cappadocia and the glorious Silk Road city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Joanna’s adventure sees her travel through a magnificent array of landscapes as she crosses continents, deserts, mountains and steppe.

Boldly following in the footsteps of the merchants, conquerors, kings and pilgrims who once lived and died along this route, she discovers the treasure that brought printing, spices, gunpowder, jade and even pasta to the West.

Produced by Burning Bright Productions. Music for the series is led by Jessica Jones, sees Ruby Wasmuth as score coordinator.

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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