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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Asia - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER An Amer­i­can Were­wolf in Paris: Who could for­get this 1997 hor­ror flick in which a tourist falls for a she-wolf, with re­sults as com­i­cal as they are dire; Julie Delpy stars as the sweet (and oc­ca­sion­ally hairy) Ser­afine Pigot but look for Modern Fam­ily’s Julie Bowen in a sup­port­ing role. To­day, 8.30pm, Show­time Ac­tion. OFF the five-star rails in Laos, trans­port tends to be a far less salu­bri­ous af­fair. In the lovely river­side town of Luang Pra­bang, its French colo­nial build­ings and old precincts pre­served and pro­tected by UNESCO, I travel around on a se­ries of ropey old mo­tor­bike­pow­ered tuk­tuks that one boards via the rear; these are known as jum­bos, for some un­fath­omable rea­son, and may or may not come with func­tion­ing brakes and safe­ty­con­scious driv­ers. No mat­ter: such con­veyances are fun and breezy, just the right speed and style for me­an­der­ing around one of Asia’s pret­ti­est en­claves. The Kan­ga­roo Gang: Thieves by Ap­point­ment: Barry Humphries is the fine nar­ra­tor of this drama­tised two-part doc­u­men­tary about a gang of Aus­tralians who staged dar­ing jew­ellery heists in Lon­don in the 1960s; con­cludes next week. Sun­day, 9.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge.

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