SUE’S HOLY WATER

SUE PERKINS takes an emo­tional trip along In­dia’s beau­ti­ful Ganges River

TV & Satellite Week - - Documentaries - new travelogue the ganges with Sue Perkins thurs­day, BBC1 HD, 9pm (re­gions vary)

SHE’S BEST KNOWN for her cheery per­son­al­ity and ready wit, but Sue Perkins shows a more se­ri­ous side to her char­ac­ter this week when she trav­els more than 1500 miles along In­dia’s Ganges River.

In this week’s first episode, the 48-year-old pre­sen­ter meets her­mits and holy peo­ple and vis­its Rishikesh, where The Bea­tles learned transcendental med­i­ta­tion.

We caught up with Perkins to hear more about her jour­ney…

WHY IS THE GANGES SO SPE­CIAL?

It’s a river like no other – its wa­ters bring life to hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple across In­dia and, to a bil­lion Hin­dus, it’s an im­mor­tal mother god­dess who will wash a life­time of sins away.

It’s beau­ti­ful, con­tra­dic­tory and rather pun­gent!

WAS IT A SPIR­I­TUAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE?

I know that ev­ery­one al­ways says this on telly, but it re­ally was emo­tional. My dad died six months be­fore­hand and, as I live in Lon­don and it’s so fast-mov­ing, I’d sup­pressed ev­ery­thing so I didn’t have to feel that surge of pain. This trip gave me the space to be truly sad. My dad’s re­ally worth griev­ing.

A LOT OF THE TRIP – ES­PE­CIALLY AT HIGH AL­TI­TUDE – SEEMS GRU­ELLING I was ut­terly ex­hausted! But the more phys­i­cally de­pleted you be­come, the calmer you are in­side. Pil­grim­ages aren’t sup­posed to be easy!

THE JOUR­NEY GAVE SUE A CHANCE TO GRIEVE FOR HER DAD

SUE JOINS THE GANGA

SAGAR MELA RITUAL

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