Around the World in 80 Treasures
Ep: 1 "Peru to Brazil"
Combining history and travel, this series gives viewers a tour of the world's most breathtaking man-made treasures. Discover awe-inspiring temples, towers, castles, ruins, monuments and artifacts as host Dan Cruickshank visits 40 countries on six continents. In addition to undisputed wonders like the Taj Mahal, pyramids and the Great Wall, he also highlights lesser-known but equally spectacular places. From the exquisite castles of Japan to the Nasca Lines in Peru - where the world's largest works of art are viewed from a plane - Cruickshank shares his wonderment at the beauty of man's creative powers.
Episodes
Ep 1
Peru to Brazil
Watch Until June 12, 1:00am
Ep 2
Mexico to America
Watch Until June 19, 1:00am
Ep 3
Australia to Cambodia
Watch Until June 26, 1:00am
Ep 4
Japan to China
Watch Until July 3, 1:00am
Ep 5
India to Sri Lanka
Watch Until July 10, 1:00am
Ep 6
Uzbekistan to Syria
Watch Until July 17, 1:00am
Ep 7
Jordan to Ethiopia
Watch May 24, 9:00pm
Ep 8
Mali to Egypt
Watch May 31, 9:00pm
Ep 9
Turkey to Germany
Watch June 7, 9:00pm
Ep 10
Bosnia to France and Home
Watch June 14, 9:00pm
Peru to Brazil
A trip deep into the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil to the peaks of the Peruvian mountains marks the beginning of Dan Cruickshank's journey to over 40 countries in search of man's most beautiful and precious achievements. He visits the ruins of Machu Picchu and Rio's giant statue of Christ, plus the gold treasures of the Moche people, who ritually sacrificed humans. (1 of 10)
Mexico to America
Ancient Mayan tombs, the Statue of Liberty, Thomas Jefferson's elegant home in Virginia, and the town of Mesa Verde in Colorado - just some of the landmarks Dan Cruickshank explores as he continues his search for humanity's most beautiful creations. (2 of 10)
Australia to Cambodia
Dan Cruickshank's informative travelogue continues with erotic cave paintings in the Australian outback, the grisly rituals of an Indonesian funeral, an ornate Thai heirloom, and the majestic temples of Angkor in Cambodia. (3 of 10)
Japan to China
From swords of the samurai to the tranquility of a temple, Dan Cruickshank experiences the extremes of Japan. Then, in China, he walks the Great Wall, contemplates the massed ranks of the Terracotta Army and finds peace in the Empress of China's marble boat. (4 of 10)
India to Sri Lanka
Fertility and sex get Dan Cruickshank's blood pumping as he grapples with a naked ten-armed goddess in Calcutta, comes face to face with triple-breasted goddess Menakshi and enters the world's greatest temple of love - the Taj Mahal. To calm down, he finds enlightenment in the celestial city of Jaipur, and is blessed by an elephant. (5 of 10)
Uzbekistan to Syria
The rarely visited Trading Domes of Uzbekistan and Fire Temple of Azerbaijan get an incisive Dan Cruickshank appraisal before he moves on to scale a cliff face to see the Bisitun carvings. The historian also takes in the remains of the great city of Persepolis in modern day Iran, and explores the exotic souk in the Syrian capital of Damascus. (6 of 10)
Jordan to Ethiopia
Dan Cruickshank turns Indiana Jones as he hunts for the legendary Ark of the Covenant; riding a donkey along a precipitous gorge to reach the city of Petra in Jordan, facing a Guardian Monk, and scaling the vertical cliff face of Debre Damo in Ethiopia as part of his quest. (7 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed May 24, 9:00pm
Thu May 25, 1:00am
Mali to Egypt
Dan Cruickshank's quest reaches new heights of discomfort in the Sahara desert, mitigated by the breathtaking circumcision paintings of the Dogon. In Egypt he survives a power cut deep inside a chamber of the Great Pyramid, while in Libya he identifies with Lawrence of Arabia, rather than Colonel Gaddafi. (8 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed May 31, 9:00pm
Thu Jun 1, 1:00am
Turkey to Germany
Dan Cruickshank takes to the skies before heading below the ground, floating above Turkey in a hot air balloon and then exploring its subterranean caves. A trip to Berlin provides the chance to salvage something from the wreckage of Nazi Germany. (9 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jun 7, 9:00pm
Thu Jun 8, 1:00am
Bosnia to France and Home
The rebuilt bridge in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, which spans the Christian and Muslim worlds, and the Parthenon of ancient Greece are both stops on the last leg of the voyage. Italy provides a veritable treasure trove, including Rome's Pantheon and the Florentine chapel of the Medici princes. (10 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Jun 14, 9:00pm
Thu Jun 15, 1:00am