tv The Travel Show BBC News May 29, 2022 8:30pm-9:01pm BST
through the afternoon, we had quite a few shower clouds develop. this was one of those showers passing over the gower. you can see some rather menacing clouds there on the horizon. looking at the weather picture overnight tonight, we've got more showers to come down from the north, so it will turn quite wet for a time in scotland. some showers for northern england, probably northern ireland by the end of the night. a little bit drier further southwards across the midlands, wales, east anglia and the south, but quite a cool night, 5—7 celsius the overnight low for many of you. and tomorrow is another unsettled day. now, showers will be with us from the word go, quite a bit of cloud through the morning. into the afternoon, showers become increasingly widespread, some of them heavy and thundery, and because there's not much wind around, showers are going to be very slow—moving in nature as well. on into tuesday's forecast, it's another showery looking day, but this time the showers are going to be bigger, so more of them turning thundery. a bit of hail mixed as well. by the time we get to wednesday, the showers will mainly become confined to eastern areas, easing away elsewhere.
hello, this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines... president zelensky has visited his troops on the front—line in eastern ukraine for the first time since the war started. culture secretary nadine dorries has urged uefa to launch a formal investigation, after liverpool fans were tear—gassed at the champions league final. liverpool lost to real madrid, but did win two other cup finals. and tonight, liverpool players have taken part in a parade through the city.
president biden is meeting the families of some of the 19 children and two teachers shot dead by a teenage gunman in texas. and one of the greatest jockeys of all time, lester piggott, has died aged 86. now on bbc news — it's the travel show. this week on the travel show, a resurrection in bavaria. i found the role of playing jesus to be very exhausting. every day after the play, you are really exhausted because it is a very demanding day. 50 years of interrail. very relevant today in terms of the greenness and sustainability, and also that wonderful thing — slow travel. and, a night in the best house in belfast.
not only am i staying in the same house, i'm actually going to be sleeping in the very room that he had as a child. this week, i'm in the capital city, belfast, recently the subject of a big feature film about the childhood of the actor, director kenneth branagh, but i am here to find out more about another of the city's famous designs.
—— famous sons. you may guess who that is if you look at the statue behind me. first though, we are in germany to see an incredible, once—in—a—decade performance of a play staged by a whole village. in 163a, the people of oberammergau recreated the suffering, death and resurrection of christ, and thanks of being spared from the plague. it is repeated every ten years, and did so until coronavirus forced its abandonment in 2020. well, it's back and we went to bavaria to see it on its opening weekend. everyone in the village comes together. the youngest will be on stage and the oldest at 96 years old. everyone comes to the theatre, you get to know each other, their children grow into this tradition. it is a tradition that we have had almost 400 years, and that is something very special because it brings people together. if you are born here,
or you stay here for years, you have a right to be a member of the play _ i bring together. we're really all different groups. in the village, all people are together — a member of a church, even muslims, poor people, rich people, i bring together all people. 2,500 costumes made and designed, iall of the 2,500 costumes are madel here in our costume department, worked for two years on it. - the fabrics are from all over the world. i we have lots of images to show
from the old testament, - and so there is a lot of transformation of backstage we have to build. singing in german. our team of technicians are 40 people. - the passion play are very important for 0berammergau. we have about 5500 people living here, and about 1300 people are playing with working here, and make everything around the theatre. we play 110 days, and we have about a half—million people visiting 0berammergau around this time. i play a singer in the choir for a0 days from this 110 days. it's hard for me as the mayor,
because i have to really work much. my name is ursula burkart, i'm playing the part of claudia, the wife of pilate. i was three times mary, once mary magdalene. this is my home, i grew up with the passion play and it's important. it's a social meeting, it's important to be part of this. you are very early affected to this. i mean, which child has the possibility to be part of it this year on a huge stage? of course, the role ofjesus is really exhausting. so we have over 100 plays, we play five times a week, and i play half of the plays. and every day after the play, you're really exhausted because it's a very demanding day. it's like a five—and—a—half hour play.
you're 20 minutes on the cross, and you have a lot of text in the first part of the play. in the second part, it's more physically and it's, you know, it's very tough. my first remembrance to the passion play is when i was two years old. my father was a roman soldier at this time and he was riding on a horse, and i with my grandfather out in the passion play theatre. in 2000, i wasjudas. in 2010 i was caiaphas, and now this time i am pontius pilate. it's such a small village, it's a big effort to put such a big play on the stage, and everybody is working together and it is a very special experience for everybody who takes part in the play. you could not do this every year, but every ten, it's ok.
i work in the hotel, so the advantage is if people in the theatre indistinct so, i can go to the stage. - what i like about the play because it's not something old, it's important in our world today. the message ofjesus is universal. to be good to the others, to help those who are outside of the community, or he talks about poverty, he talks about diseases, it talks about war. it points to the problems that we have today. i don't know if the role has changed me. i always try to be nice to others, but i don't know if i'm a better person, but i try. you can catch the passion play all the way through to october.
and, if bavaria is on for the coming months, bear some of these things in mind. oktoberfest is back after a two—year hiatus. the wiesn, as it's known locally, started as a simple wedding celebration for bavarian royalty in 1810. it's now a major folk festival, attracting millions of visitors from across the world, and sees over a million gallons of beer drunk each year. fancy putting on your lederhosen or dirndl? then make your way to munich any time between september 17 and october 3rd, later this year. til the cows come home as an annual festival that promises to keep the party going...until the cows come home, literally. each september in the bavarian alps, cattle are brought down to the villages from their mountain meadows.
this traditional event is called viehscheid. the cows are treated like celebrities on the way back home to their owners. the locals dress up in traditional costumes and celebrate the event with oom—pah music, beer and traditional food. some of the best views are the fairytale—esque neuschwanstein castle can be seen from the marienbrucke bridge, however, the bridge has been closed for over one year due to structural problems. but, good news is on the horizon as, this month, renovation works began and tourists can expect to check out the views again from this summer. still to come on the travel show — simon is here celebrating 50 years of the european interrail pass. there was the added attraction of night trains, which provided
somewhere for you to rest your head, if not necessarily sleep as the train clattered across europe. waiting to receive was might best! and they say, "never meet your heroes," but what about sleeping in their beds? i am in belfast for a trip that ten—year—old mejust wouldn't have believed. i wonder what he would have made of this? so, don't go away. from the arctic to the mediterranean, from the far west of ireland to the far east of turkey, for half a century, interrail has unlocked europe for millions of rail travellers. in 1972, widespread international travel was beyond the reach of the average european.
the budget airlines were decades away. then, the international union of railways decided to celebrate its 50th anniversary by coming up with a special travel ticket for under 21s. pay £32 and you could wander almost anywhere you wanted on the railways of europe for a month! interrail proved an instant success, opening up the countryside, the cities, the coasts of a continent for barely more than a return airfare between london and paris. for low—budget travellers, there was the added attraction of night trains, which provided somewhere for you to rest your head, if not necessarily sleep as the train clattered across europe. and perhaps because of spending endless days and nights on trains, not every interrailer was renowned
for their impeccable personal hygiene. in 1972, when interrail began, steam trains weren't museum pieces as they are here at the bluebell railway in sussex. they were actually running scheduled services in parts of eastern europe, and even france. since then, of course, europe has had a revolution on the railways, with some expresses travelling at over 300 kilometres an hour. and, interrail has been transformed as well, now open to anyone of any age. and, forget the old paper pass, interrail now comes as a smart phone app. but, before you jump on—board, here are some things to look out for. the fastest trains in italy, spain and france require you to pre—book a seat, and pay a supplement
of 10 euros or more. yes, even though you have already got a interrail pass. and, since brexit, the 3—1 pass could push the british traveller slightly over than multi—day limit for the so—called schengen area. —— three month pass. using as much as you legally could would mean no visit to those countries for 90 days, before or afterwards. depending on where you're going, interrail could prove a false country. in eastern europe, portugal, and on the classic trains of europe, ordinary tickets are very cheap. and, in luxembourg, all public transport is free. so, how to make the most often interrail pass? i'm going to meet the railway historian and writer, christian wolmar. christian, i give you a interrail pass valid for one month — the traditional, original interrail. where are you going to go?
oh, i am going to the farther reaches of eastern europe, you know, into kind of deep forest, you would probably see some bears. you'll go to the back end of romania, the odd places in bulgaria — all those places which, you know, were closed to us until the fall of the berlin wall, and are still somewhat mysterious. we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of interrail, but isn't itjust a bit of railway nostalgia? very relevant today and terms of the greenness, the sustainability, and also that wonderful thing — slow travel. you know, we don't want to kind of have to rush everywhere, go to some ghastly airport. whereas, on the train, you go there slowly, and the scenery changes gradually, the weather changes gradually, and you get there feeling good. for me, the greatest virtue of interrail is serendipity — making things up as you go along,
changing your plans on a whim or a whispered recommendation from a fellow train traveller. i'll be back on the rails of europe this summer and i hope to see you on board. to end this week, i'm in belfast, the capital of northern ireland, on a pilgrimage to visit the childhood home of a bit of a hero of mine. he was among the �*60s biggest sporting stars, so influential that one of the city's airports is actually named after him. it's wet and it's gloomy but this is where one of the world's greatest ever footballers, george best, honed his skills. here in northern ireland, the saying goes maradona good, pele better, george best. waiting to receive was mighty best.
he simply walked the ball into the net! cheering and applause what a goal! united in the lead! he was a key part of the iconic manchester united team that in 1968 became the first english side to win the european cup. ..president of the european union football association handed it over. and off the pitch, he wasjust as famous for his glamorous, hard—partying lifestyle which led to the nickname the fifth beatle. george best had changed sides. and it all began here, in belfast�*s cregagh estate, where fans now have the chance to stay at his childhood home. hello, you must be peter. iam. welcome to george best's house. come on on in. thank you very much. wow!
so, this is the main room. uh-huh. the bests would have lived in this house from 19118, so we've recently put the house back to as it would've been in 1961, when george first went over to manchester as a 15—year—old in search of fame and fortune. so, that's his mother. yes, the photograph, then, shows george with his mother, annie, and this photograph was taken on his parent's 25th silver wedding anniversary, so they would've been stood in this very room. i mean, this is a 20th—century legend, icon and he would've been here and this picture was there. wow. how easy was it to source this kind of furniture? just came from a number of sources, local charity shops, antique dealers, etc. the bests were the only family to live in this house. george's mother ann died in 1978 but his father, dickie, lived here for 60 years, until his death in 2008. so, this is the kitchen.
this is the kitchen, yes. again, done as it would've been in 1961. it's very much retro—fied, so we have the belfast sink here and even the modern units like the fridge—freezer have got a retro feel about them. wow! this isn't from 1961, though, is it? no, you can eat those and be safe. the house was bought by a local non—profit group called eastside partnership and, in its new retro—furnished state, is now available as a holiday rental. so, all of the proceeds that we get from the use of this house are used to support other community projects in east belfast. tourists have come here and tell me what their reaction has been like. oh, the reaction�*s been fantastic. a lot of manchester united fans would stay here, but also just local people who just want the opportunity to see the house and stay
in the house as well. so, peter's gone and here i am. this retro stuff is incredible. i mean, this was a guy who i'd pretty well worshipped as a child so to be in his house — this shrine, really — it's throwing me, to be honest with you. this year, the partnership has introduced an audio tour, featuring memories from george's sister barbara. when mum and dad first moved in, it was much smaller... but peter has gone one better for my stay and organised a visit from barbara herself... there's a picture there. ..together with george's childhood friend robin. that's me. yeah? yeah. and there is you—know—who. what do you think, barbara, of the idea that people can come here and stay the night?
in his later years, george suffered a very public battle with alcoholism. but up until his death in 2005, this house was always a refuge. 16 burren way here in the cregagh estate was where he was brought up and this was where he felt safe. we tried to protect him, and george knew that when he came here, he wasn't open to the media scrutiny that he would have been across the water — isn't that right, barbara? yes, yes, yes, yes. he felt safe, yeah. yes. light globe buzzes right, well, it's night—time and it
feels a bit intrusive but, anyway, this is obviously one of the bedrooms that the family lived in. but not only am i staying in the same house, i'm actually going to be sleeping in the very room that he had as a child. it's a kind of medium—sized room, the kind of room that any 12—year—old, 13—year—old boy would have, i guess. i wonder what he would've made of this. hopefully, he would've found it quite funny. right, it's time for me to get some sleep, although i'm not completely tired yet. i need some reading material. and i think this should do the trick. goodnight.
well, i've got to be honest, that was a peculiar experience and waking up this morning was like being in a time warp. very strange. but looking ahead, it looks like we've got another great programme coming up next week. as queen elizabeth celebrates 70 years on the throne, i'm at scotland's balmoral castle. 1853, queen victoria laid the foundation stone, and this is when they started the build of the balmoral castle that we have today. i think someone described it as a piece of bavaria plunked into the middle of the scottish forestland? exactly! so please do try and join us for that. and don't you can follow our travel show social media accounts on facebook and twitter, and catch up with past episodes on the iplayer.
right now, i'm tempted to see if any of that bestie magic has worn off on me, and have a little kick about in the garden. but until next week, from me and everyone else here in belfast, it's goodbye. hello again. well, cloud certainly built up on sunday to bring some scattered showers. the heaviest showers were focused across parts of wales and southwest england. the sky certainly looking threatening on the horizon here around the gower in south wales and that's where we had this line of heavier showers pushing in across wales and into southwest england. there were quite a few for scotland and across northern and eastern areas of england, as well.
but we look at the forecast now for monday. this area of low pressure moves westwards from scandinavia to become centred over the uk. not many isobars on the charts. this isn't a strong area of low pressure. the winds will stay light. but what the low pressure will do is it will bring loads more showers oui’ way. so, for monday, we are looking at a showery picture. quite a bit of cloud to start off with. some sunshine breaks through the cloud and then showers become widespread. the day's heaviest showers are quite likely to form across southwest england, where we'll have this zone of convergence. that's where the winds kind of bash together either side of the southwest peninsula, and that line of heavy showers and thunder storms will extend towards the south midlands and central and southern england, as well. you could see an odd heavy shower just about anywhere, to be honest, and because there's not much in the way of wind to move those showers along, well, the showers are going to be slow—moving in nature. by tuesday the jet stream starts to kick those showers and give them an extra push because we've got this trough, this bend in thejet stream moving across the uk, and that tends to encourage the air to rise upwards
through the atmosphere. so, tuesday, showers again will be widespread across the country but this time more of them will turn thundery, more of them will have hail mixed in with them. there'll still be some sunshine between those showers, and the sun is stronger this time of year — so when the sun's out, it's not going to feel too bad, but when it turns cloudier, you'll still notice a certain cool factor to the air. wednesday, showers again are in the forecast but they tend to become confined to eastern scotland and eastern england. even here the showers not as widespread and probably not quite as heavy as those on tuesday. given a bit more sunshine, it starts to get warmer — 17 in glasgow, 19—20 for the south of england and wales. for thursday, we start to see a weak build of pressure across the uk. we have to keep our eye on this feature coming in from the northwest because that could bring some showers. showers, at the moment, look like they'll be confined to parts of scotland but that feature could be a little bit more active, bringing showers more generally into the northwest of the uk. for the time being, though, looks like more of you will enjoy
drier weather through thursday and there's a tendency for the weather to start to get a bit warmer as well, temperatures more widely into the high teens to low 20s. by friday, an odd shower still left on the charts. going to have to watch these showers again potentially coming up from the south, but the emphasis is, on friday, for a lot of dry weather with some sunshine and temperatures continuing to rise a little bit, highs up to the low 20s. beyond that, we'll take a look at the couple of models that we're looking at at the moment into next weekend. they're both quite different. we've got high pressure here, the winds will be coming down from quite a cool direction but this second model, american model, shows the winds coming in off the atlantic. there is still no agreement in the forecast, really, as we head into the bulk of the jubilee holiday weekend. so the forecast is very uncertain, it is likely to change. there will be some spells of sunshine. temperatures near average. could be quite warm in the south but perhaps on the cool side in the northeast. but details of any rain and showers
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president biden is in uvalde to meet the families of those killed in america's latest mass shooting — as parents there prepare to bury their children. i'mjane o'brian in uvalde. where the president visits comes as he continues to grieve and expresses anger at the way the police handled the shooting. the uk government says it's "very concerned" about french police firing tear gas and pepper spray at liverpool fans at saturday night's champions league final in paris. tensions are high in jerusalem as thousands of israeli jewish nationalists march through the old city's muslim areas president zelensky visits the frontline in eastern ukraine for the first time since russia invaded — as intense fighting continues in the region.