Tony Robinson takes a rail journey around the globe.
Tony begins by visiting France, Germany and Hungary before heading towards Turkey, which straddles Asia and Europe. In Paris, he meets up with a friend who explains the finer points of French social etiquette, while in Germany, Tony compares a gentle spin in a replica of the first automobile with an exhilarating blast in the latest Formula 1 car. He then travels across India and Burma, beginning in Delhi, where he visits one of the city’s oldest markets, before taking a ride on the Himalayan Mountain Railway.
Tony heads to Thailand, where he emerges from the Chiang Mai train station to find himself amid a Buddhist ceremony in which the town’s citizens offer gifts to monks from the local temple, with Tony joining the monks to grasp what their daily life entails. Crossing the border into Malaysia, he instantly sees echoes of British rule everywhere, before ending in Kuala Lumpur, where he discovers a city of wild contrasts. He also travels across Australia, visits a vast Outback farm where herding is done by helicopter and learns about the uncertain future facing the Great Barrier Reef.