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trusted, says Palin. “Ev­ery day was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a much more rig­or­ous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence than any trav­el­ling I’ve ever done – apart from pos­si­bly go­ing into Ti­bet or some­where like that.

“Here’s a coun­try that looks sim­i­lar to coun­tries I’ve been to – they have tall build­ings, rail­way lines and roads, although very lit­tle on them. And yet some­thing was very dif­fer­ent.”

With the 1,300-mile, 13-day trip co­in­cid­ing with the his­toric meet­ing be­tween Kim and the South’s pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in too, Palin found him­self

post-Soviet states of Ge­or­gia and Azer­bai­jan. From the re­sort of Ba­tumi, on Ge­or­gia’s Black Sea, Joanna trav­els across the heart of the Cau­ca­sus re­gion, pass­ing through stun­ning moun­tain set­tle­ments, cities and vine­yards, and fi­nally the ul­tra-mod­ern city of Baku, the cap­i­tal of oil-rich Azer­bai­jan. On the way she learns not only about the an­cient Silk Road, but how th­ese two very dif­fer­ent coun­tries are still find­ing their iden­ti­ties.

If Emmerdale had been set 100 years ago, how would the vil­lagers have been af­fected by the First World War? We’re about to find out as this new se­ries, which marks the cen­te­nary of the end of the

Michael Palin in North Korea for his two-part doc­u­men­tary, which he feared would never hap­pen

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