tv The Travel Show BBC News September 14, 2019 10:30am-11:01am BST
now — the story is being retold — in a form that may seem a little familiar. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. this is the bayeux tapestry and this isn't. this depiction of the norman conquest is more than 900 years old. this version of a song of ice and fire is a little younger, but no less ambitious. the tapestry is over 87 metres long. so it condenses over 90 hours of tv into 87 metres of tapestry. it was made and worked on by 30 embroiderers from the national museums of northern ireland who worked in top—secret. game of thrones was not so much a series of books or a television programme, but a cultural phenomenon. millions of people watched it around the world and the awards just kept on coming and coming.
this tapestry is, perhaps, even more impressive for those who appeared in the show. it's amazing. to see the scene actually recreated, you know, makes my heart sing. because this is where i am, this is where i began, and this is where game of thrones began. so for me this is a very proud moment and to see this as a legacy is fantastic. the tapestry was created in northern ireland, where much of game of thrones is filmed, and is now on display in normandy until the end of the year. from bayeux to winterfell, with a bit more blood and guts thrown in. tim allman, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. hello, if we are comparing our two days this weekend, today, definitely the most widespread of the sunshine across the uk and generally, as a rule of thumb, the further south you are, the clearer your skies will be. to the north of the uk we have a weather system
and it is feeding a weather front into scotland for the afternoon, with some heavy pulses of rain for the north—west of scotland and the northern isles, cloud spilling further south into scotland and across northern ireland. top temperatures here though, still getting well up into the teens, up to 23 for the south—east of england. through the evening and overnight, as that front slides south, some strong winds for northern ireland and scotland, perhaps even gusts of severe gales across the northern isles. through sunday daytime that front comes to a rest, cutting the uk in half, if you like, with a pulse of rain anticipated to run across the front, perhaps as far north as southern scotland and as far south as the north midlands and north wales. so, the biggest difference though, the temperatures on either side of that front, chilly to the north but still some warmth around to the south. hello, this is bbc news with geeta guru—murthy. the headlines: the former prime minister david cameron accuses boris johnson of acting ‘appallingly‘
during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. the liberal democrats conference kicks off in bournemouth — with the party set to decide whether to back a promise to ‘scrap‘ brexit. a major fire breaks out at two government—owned oil facilities in saudi arabia after reports of a drone strike. african leaders gather in harare for the funeral of the former zimbabwean president, robert mugabe — who ruled over the country for four decades. and, at least five people have died, and thousands of properties are evacuated after flash flooding hits spain's east coast. and now on the bbc news channel — the travel show — which this week marks the 350th anniversary of the painter rembrandt — in his native netherlands. coming up on this week's travel show: i'm finding out how you can get up close, as experts restore one of the world's most famous works of art. oh man, it looks incredible.
christa goes wild swimming off the coast of scotland. you know what, it's actually not... no, i am lying, it's really cold. laughs. we meet the woman who does not let her visible difference stop her from travelling the world. being here, it's like, i feel so connected. and ever heard of dutch sushi? neither had i — until now. welcome to the travel show, with me, ade adepitan — this week coming to you from amsterdam, where they are marking
350 years since the death of one of their most famous artists, rembrandt. in 1631, he made this city his home, and it's here that he painted his most famous masterpieces. and you can see many of them on display at the rijksmuseum. but what i've come here to see is very special, and involves a painting that rembrandt is best known for. one of the most famous works of art in the world — the night watch. the painting is almost four centuries old, and over the years there have been various restoration attempts. but now the museum is undertaking the most sophisticated one ever, using high—tech methods to carry out a forensic examination
of how rembrandt actually painted the picture before restoration can begin. and it's all being carried out in one of their galleries, in full view of the public, and livestreamed online. oh man, so that's it, the night watch. it looks incredible. and what are they doing here? the machine you see there is an x—ray fluorescent scanner, and this way we get an idea of the elements present in this painting. this is a painting which is for us to admire, why is it so important for you to know about the elements? we need to figure out, we want to know how rembrandt painted it, what his ideas were when he was painting it, how he made this nice composition, was it first all ok on the canvas, or did he change his mind and change small things, or did he change the composition? those things we would like to know. at the same time, we would like to know what kind of pigments rembrandt used.
so you are getting a real idea of what it was like to be a painter in rembrandt‘s time. yes... or even just his unique style? his unique style, indeed. yeah, we are basically on rembrandt‘s shoulder and watching him while he is painting these paintings. the story of the night watch painting is absolutely fascinating. this is a copy of the original, and over the years it's been trimmed down in size — especially on the left—hand side, there were actually characters that have been lost from this painting, because in its original location, they had the right size, but when it was moved it couldn't fit into the space where it was moved, so they had to trim it down on three sides. i think some of those characters would probably be really miffed today to know that they've been omitted from rembrandt‘s history.
so we're going to photograph the painting in daylight, but we're not going to do it like one snapshot, we are going to do lots of photos next to each other, i think from the top of my head it's 11,000 photos. so then we get a really high resolution, it's like you are looking through a microscope. 0ne pixel in that photo is like a blood cell, or basically it is smaller than a hair, a human hair. all of this scrutiny, all of this work for one artist — what do you think rembrandt would make of it if he was around today? laughs. i would personally think that he would think we are crazy. laughs. yeah, yeah. thanks to the 350th anniversary, this year amsterdam is full of rembrandt—related things to see and do.
and lots of people are heading here, a restoration of the place rembrandt called home during his time living and working in the city. wow. which part of the house are we are now? this is the front of the house, this is where visitors entered the house, where they could meet rembrandt. it is very grand, isn't it? high ceilings... yes, it is. it is meant to impress, people needed to see how successful rembrandt was. holland was very economically successful in the 17th century, so people earned a lot of money, they needed luxury goods, paintings are luxury goods. and rembrandt stood out because he could do anything in paint. he could paint anything he wanted and make an illusion like things were real. he had a remarkable style that people found fascinating, it was with bright light and dark
shadows, it is the contrast of the two that make these paintings dramatic, the thing that is really special for us as the rembrandthuis museum, that is that it went bankrupt. he was very successful, but he spent a lot of money. so he lived a lavish life? he certainly did, yeah. he went bankrupt and during this bankruptcy they made a list of everything that was in the house. so we have exactly, room for room, listed, everything that was in here. so the irony of it is, is rembrandt‘s misfortune is our luck, because you managed to find out... it is our luck. certainly. incredible. love this place. the decor is amazing. this is where the great man lived between 1639 and 1658. and it isjust, it's
so grand and really cool. this is where he produced some of the greatest works of art that the world has ever seen. look at this fireplace! that is nuts. there is a bed here as well! it's cosy, this! for a very small person. i have travelled about 30 minutes outside of amsterdam to a historic town called leiden, where i've been told you can have a very different rembrandt experience. leiden is the place where rembrandt was born and opened his first studio. today it's a smart university town but it's still proud of its connection with the artist. and if you like mixing fact with fantasy, one great place to try
out is this rembrandt—themed escape room, situated here inside an old mediaeval tower. so basically i've been told that this house is haunted by the spirit of rembrandt, and we have an hour to escape, trying to use the clues, and that picture apparently is going to give us some information and help us escape. jaunty pipe music. over here, there is a padlock, and it's got colours on it. so i am thinking, i am wondering if those colours are anything to do with the colours up on... can you see? you don't need to know much about the history of art to try and work your way out of this room. but a bit of lateral thinking and a taste for teamwork definitely come in handy. woo! what's in there! a creepy cloth! yes! we've got a creepy cloth! i think we are getting loads
of clues, and we are having a lot of success, but not the big success that we need. shall we do it again? nothing happened. i think we could be here for days! is there water and bread here? and then, finally, with only ten minutes left, it all seems to come together... hopefully. yes... yes! we are free! go team! we've escaped! well done. there's only one problem — where's the lift? stay with us, because coming up: christa braves the cold and goes wild swimming in scotland.
now, you can't come to amsterdam without trying out some herring. it's a delicacy here in holland, they actually call it the dutch sushi. can i try out some of your herring? yes, i can do it for you. what do you make it with, what do you do? with onion, pickle, that is the way it is. that's it. 0n the tail. do you cook it or anything? no, it's not, it's raw fish. raw fish. and it will be ok for my stomach? very good for you. so this is traditional dutch delicacy. here we go! sorry mum, but i'm about to eat on tv. it's not bad! i'm actually surprised. um, i mean... it is a very fishy texture but then you have that onion sort of marinade on it, this is alright!
can i have some chips with this? laughs. for some people, travelling is about more than just seeing new places. it's about overcoming fears and challenging perceptions. so here is the start of our new series that follows people around the world who travel differently. travel means just being able to go out of my comfort zone and be out there, enjoy the culture, enjoy the sun, or wherever i am going. and everyone should have that right. everyone should have the right to be able to do that. i'm tulsi vagjiani, i am a motivational speaker and i am an ambassador for changing faces, a charity helping people with a visible difference. it's really important to me experiencing a country like a local person would. you know, realising like, what their local languages are, it's a whole liberation thing, being able to explore a culture.
hi, this is me checking in, i am currently in prague, and just walking out of a metro station, so easy to use, it's amazing. anyone who knows me, i'm a history buff, so being here, it is like i feel so connected. it gives me a scope of like, if i everwanted to live abroad, how it would be like to live as a local. ijust spotted some dolphins! oh my goodness! travelling, for me, my biggest anxious moment would be how i am going to be perceived based on my visible difference. i was ten years old when i got my scars. i was involved in a plane crash where i lost my mum, my dad and my brother. as time has gone on, in and out of surgery, the day comes when they remove the bandages from my eyes. only the person in the mirror wasn't me. i really felt like somebody‘d drew that face on. and that's when i knew, life had changed. an example, when i was in milan
a couple of years ago, just ordering a pizza in a restaurant, and the waiter couldn't look at me and he took my order via my friend, and it was really uncomfortable. and yet i went to a restaurant, like, the day before, like next door, and they were just so friendly. the same day we went to the cafe near the cathedral and, the same thing. just couldn't look at me, tried to order my cake and tea via my friend. at times it can feel really frustrating because it's like, no human being ever wants to be ignored, right? regardless of what is going on for you. and to be ignored like that, that's quite tough. but we did walk out, we didn't actually stay in the restaurant. because i've got to show, like, i can't advocate that behaviour. having a visible difference, doesn't mean you get to take them off and keep them at home and then you go out for the day. i wear them. i've got to check in with myself before i leave my
house, where i'm at. i think i have to be a lot more mindful of going to certain countries, obviously you gotta be respectful of culture in terms of what you wear. i'm on the other side of my confidence whereby i bear my scars. so i've now discovered wearing a bikini, for example. this is a really recent picture of me in portugal. for anyone who knows me, like, i mean i'm confident, but body confidence is something that i'm a big campaigner on, and me going out of my bikini and feeling comfortable like this was really huge. and it's something i'm really, really proud of. i thinkjust travelling has showed me, you can't make a preconceived judgement about a certain country. and it's a small snippet. it's the one person, doesn't mean they represent the whole country, you know? i mean, i've got plans to travel so many more countries, and having a visible difference isn't going to stop me from going there.
i'm just going to be a bit more mindful of the culture of where i'm going. that's all. i'm not going to go and say, oh, i wonder how they deal with somebody with a visible difference. i'm not going to go there. i'm gonna go there with an open mind. and i hope that's what i'm going to receive when i go there as well. and we will have more people that face all different kinds of challenges when they travel, here on the show soon. but to finish off this week, christa's facing a challenge of her own, in scotland! now, i've gotta warn you, if you're not a fan of swimming in cold water, i'd look away now. when the sun's out, the coastline around the isle of lewis rivals are some of the best beach destinations in europe. with its crystal clear waters and soft white sand, even in the height of summer, here you can have large stretches of beach, all to yourself.
this really is a scottish hidden gem. but it's also a small island where predicting the weather can be close to a mystic art. well, the clouds are drawing in, the wind is up and it's started to rain so this is not optimal swimming weather. but what i'm mainly worried about is the temperature of that seawater. i can guarantee you that you will be warmer inside the water than out today. norma hasjust begun her own wild swimming tours around the isle of lewis, as an alternative way to see the area. what do you do when you go wild swimming? the first thing that you do before you go swimming, is faff. there's a lot of faffing. you're thinking about where you are going, you're checking tides, water temperature, the weather, so there's a lot of prep before you actually go for a swim. so in some cases you wouldn't really call that wild swimming. it's very contrived. but no, once you get in the water itjust takes over.
what's the appeal of wild swimming? it is just being totally immersed. centuries back, some of the islanders used to settle on some of the smaller islands. so you can see ruins and remains of that. on a couple of my swims i take people out to an island where there is a temple, and a cemetery where people used to bury their dead there, away from the village, they used to take them out to the island. so, for me it's notjust about the swimming. it's exploring the heritage as well, and all the history that the hebrides has to offer. i guess it's a completely unique way to see the land and you see things that you may not be able to see if you are just walking on the tracks. absolutely, you see amazing things that nobody might have seen before. you feel as if you're exploring uncharted territory. you are an explorer! yeah! wild swimming has only become popular here in recent years. norma told me that when she was growing up she learnt that
for generations people here have had a fear of the sea. just off the coast lies the wreckage of a vessel that sank in 1919. it was carrying soldiers returning from the first world war, more than 200 drowned, leaving a deep scar on the island. and it put many hardy islanders off even learning to swim. but for me, it's time to get on with it. does that feel good? yeah, good. i'm actually quite wet already, and it's not because we have been in, it's because it's raining. perfect weather for swimming! are you ready for this? what's the best way? just straight in or... no, probably a little bit of acclimitisation. hands in first, little bit of water on the back of the neck,
then we just can do a wee bit of floating, getting the water in the wetsuit, and then we can get on with it. let's do it! you're the expert, let's go! alright. oh, it's lovely. lovely, you say? do you know what? it's actually not... no, i'm lying, it's really cold! i was trying to be polite but it's cold. i think the longer you're in, you just get used to it. absolutely. 0k. yeah. ok, i can do this. yeah, you can! you're doing it! after a few minutes, thanks to my wetsuit, my body did start to warm up, and if you keep moving it's fine. it's not advisable to come wild swimming unless you are really familiar with the area. and norma is constantly checking in with me and guiding me to shallow areas where we can take a break. because we're now coming onto a low tide now, we've passed slack waters, so it's a bit of a stronger... it's a bit of timing
of the tide, really. so we are at the stronger pull of the tide just now, so we're going to go with it, and the deeper we getjust now, you can feel it again, going that way. so you really need to be familiar with the area. due to the sea conditions we weren't able to go to any of the iron age ruins of the islets, but we did manage to reach this place. we have just come into this absolutely beautiful little cave and it's so different, isn't it? we've just come around the headland which was quite choppy and really strong current, quite dramatic, and here it's so peaceful and calm. and though it's really dark, i look down, and i can see my feet really clearly. the water is so clean. this is a relatively unexplored corner of the uk. and this certainly is a unique way to explore it. if it weren't for the cold, and the jellyfish, i feel like i could just float here all day!
christa taking wild swimming to the max in scotland. respect, christa! well, that's your lot for this week. don't forget to join us next week when: carmen's injapan getting a truly bird's eye view of some ancient burial mounds in the heart of a very modern city. wow, that's really big. gosh! and look, it's right in the centre of downtown 0saka! and alex goes to sea for the very first time. on board a specially adapted ship where wheelchair users can crew, and learn the ropes, too. you're actually spot on at the moment. only now. you're absolutely spot on! only on camera! 0ff camera i'm terrible. that's next week, but if you can't wait that long, don't forget we are all over social media. so please give us a follow! but for now, from me ade adepitan, and all the travel show
team here in amsterdam, it's tot ziens! hello, there is quite a bit of fine weather to be found across the uk today and a lot of sunshine still to come for england and wales. faultless blue skies, especially the further south you head. the reason there is more cloud as we make our way through the north, is because of an area of low pressure, this curl of cloud here sitting back out what is iceland. for the course of the afternoon, the cloud will continue to thicken
across northern ireland and scotland. there has already been some rain in the north—west of scotland, i anticipate that perhaps turning heavier and more persistent for the second half of the day. perhaps some rain eventually going to the south—west of scotland early evening before reaching northern ireland as we get into the evening properly. top temperatures, 15—16 in the north. 23 to the south. as the rain arrives, a bigger problem could be the gusty wind. through the evening and overnight, a risk of gales or severe gales to the northern isles with gusts of about 60—65 mph for a time. clearing skies across scotland overnight, the wind stays strong enough to keep our temperatures up. the weather front slides south, that will sit across northern ireland and northern england bringing some rain on and off but a lot of it petering out for a time. it is a cold weather front behind it, chilly air coming in from the north—west and that will become most notable by sunday afternoon. also the chance of another pulse of rain during the day.
a little bit of a question mark about where we will see the heaviest of that rain. southern scotland perhaps through to the far north of the midlands and north wales, the areas we will most likely see wet weather on sunday. brighter for northern scotland, just look at the temperature difference to the north of that front. 15 degrees in the north, perhaps 25, 26 degrees further itself. however, we are going to even our playing field into the new working week. the cold weather front slides south on monday. high pressure starts to build so that will kill off most of the cloud and rain, but for all of us, a little bit of a plunge into chilly air. we get rid of the ambers, the warm air to the south, into the yellow and eventually for some, the blue. a little bit of a feel of arctic air for a time on monday and tuesday. but with high pressure building, light winds, a lot of fine weather and some decent sunshine but look out for a couple of chilly mornings through the early part of the week. it does look like things will get milder later on.
this is bbc news. i'm geeta guru—murthy. the headlines at 11.00am. fighting back, former prime minister david cameron accuses boris johnson of acting ‘appallingly‘ during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. the liberal democrats conference kicks off in bournemouth — with the party set to decide whether to back a promise to ‘scrap‘ brexit. a major fires breaks out at two government—owned oil facilities in saudi arabia after reports of a drone strike. african leaders pay their respects at the funeral of the former zimbabwean president, robert mugabe — who ruled over the country for four decades. at least five people have died, and thousands of properties are evacuated after flash flooding hits spain's east coast. and foreign correspondent based in the uk give their analysis on the latest developments