Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones (Friday, April 10, ITV, 9pm)
What’s It All About? Griff Rhys Jones embarks on an epic trip around Africa by train.
He will travel through Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. It’s a 17,000-mile journey that begins in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.
Look Out For: His seven-hour expedition to the city of Fes, during which he sets about making friends in the hope that they will help him pass the time. One of his fellow travellers is a salesman selling traditional Berber remedies. Griff bravely tries a stick that doubles as a toothbrush, but baulks at the idea of some brown paste used to treat worms.
Once in Fes, he hooks up with Abdul, who turns out to be arguably the city’s most eccentric guide, and takes him on a tour of its medieval streets and medinas.
Griff says: “Africa. There’s nowhere else quite like it. A billion people speaking thousands of languages and a paradise of wild animals and natural wonders.
“I’m going to take it on in an unhurried manner aboard Africa’s railways.
“It’s the ideal way to meet its people and to experience its beauty.”