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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Global Vil­lage: The Mauve of La Man­cha, 6pm, SBS Talk about the colour pur­ple. Ac­tu­ally, this is a doc­u­men­tary about how saf­fron, the rarest and most ex­pen­sive spice in the world, is made from pur­ple flow­ers in La Man­cha. Each flower’s petals must be re­moved one by one so the fuch­sia- coloured sta­mens can be col­lected. To pro­duce 1kg of dried saf­fron, 250,000 flow­ers must be stripped this way. Tune in to find out how yel­low saf­fron comes from pur­ple flow­ers. The Art of Travel, 6.10pm, ABC Re­spected ‘‘ philoso­pher of ev­ery­day life’’ Alain de Bot­ton brings his won­der­ful book The Art of Travel to the small screen. Among other things, Bot­ton dis­cusses the rea­sons why peo­ple travel, and whether or not the idea of trav­el­ling is some­how more re­ward­ing than the jour­ney it­self. Big Cat Diary: Bella and her Cubs, 8pm, ABC Gor­geous wildlife doc­u­men­tary about a leop­ard fam­ily grow­ing up on the banks of a river in one of the world’s wildest lo­ca­tions, Kenya’s Ma­sai Mara. Breath­lessly en­thu­si­as­tic host Saba Douglas- Hamil­ton, pic­tured, fol­lows the cats for eight months, though she does have a ten­dency to an­thro­po­mor­phise. ‘‘ The cubs are still com­pletely de­pen­dent on their mum,’’ she whis­pers early on. ‘‘ She’s their teacher, their play­mate and their sole provider.’’ But don’t turn the sound down or you’ll miss some great African mu­sic.

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