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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Be open-minded about people and places. Stereotypical representations are not always correct, and rarely show the full picture.
Positive Role Models
Presenter Joanna Lumley is open, thoughtful, and polite, showing respect for other cultures and people. She is fun and humorous, though sometimes that stops her from delving deeper.
Female presenter is White, though shows respect for other cultures and people. Religions are explored, including Islam, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism, featuring scenes inside Mosques and other religious buildings. The series visits both places of wealth and opulence, and smaller, rural working homes, showing the same respect for both. Some exploration of gender roles and rules, including modest dress enforced by law for women, and freedom allowed by social media for younger people.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of death and the Bubonic plague, as well as war and historic attacks -- including some archive footage of bombings and guns being shot. Dancing with sharp swords involves potential danger.
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Products & Purchases
Frequent mention of trade and numerous scenes within shops and markets. Reference to assets and worth of wealthy people. Brands mentioned include Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Harvey Nichols, Christian Lacroix, and Avon.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are seen drinking wine in moderation on a number of occasions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventure is a fabulous four-part travel documentary following the ancient trade route of the Silk Road. It visits various destinations, including places of great opulence and more modest working homes. There is frequent mention of trade, and scenes inside shops, as well as reference to various brands. There are also references to death and war, including some archive footage of bombings. Joanna Lumley is a warm and entertaining presenter, who shows respect for those around her, though the show does not delve into any great depth beyond a whistle-stop history.
Is It Any Good?
Actress and presenter Joanna Lumley has become quite the pro at finding the perfect balance between warmth, humor, openness, and respect in her travel documentaries. Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventure is no exception and makes sharing her journey a familiar pleasure. Lumley's authentic interest in the places she visits comes across alongside her irreverent humor. This includes the occasional slip into her infamous role as Absolutely Fabulous character Patsy -- a few extra sips of wine here, a Lacroix scarf there.
The four episodes don't dig too deep. But they do offer a beginner's guide to the history of the Silk Road, as well as the development of various destinations along the way, linking East to West in a way that goes some way to challenging Western stereotypes -- particularly of the Middle East. It's breathy and awestruck at times, but always gracious and heartfelt, making this an experience well worth the visit.
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