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Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Travel docu series challenges stereotypes; war references.

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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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