I'm fascinated by the subject matter, but the presentation was so bad that I had to switch off after 25 minutes. The simpering gushing blather of Kate Humble made this unwatchable. The travelogue was fine, the content fascinating, the pictures wonderful, and Kate H is great when she's doing voiceover. But when she gets into the act, projecting herself to the forefront of events, it's stomach churning.
It's not Blue Peter, it's not CBeebies, it's a programme for allegedly intelligent viewers on the BBC's alternative prime channel. From treading the pepper, to cheering the snake boats, to drinking tea made with Ayurvedic medicines, it's quite nauseating. I nearly switched off after 15 minutes, and after 25, couldn't stand it any more. What a shame that the BBC has made an infantile mess of a fascinating subject, instead of treating its viewers like adults. Maybe episodes 2 and 3 will be better, but I don't hold out much hope. I'm sorry but this gets my "BBC at its worst" vote.
While available on BBC iPlayer, it's here
8 hours ago