Around the World in 80 Treasures [BBC DVD]

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Dan Cruickshank's quest to tell the story of civilisation through man's greatest achievements. A story of his travels and what he meets along the way.


Dan Cruickshank takes a global tour of the most breathtaking treasures man has ever created. Traversing the globe, Cruickshank visits every continent to reveal awe-inspiring temples, towers, castles, ruins, monuments, and artefacts.

All ten episodes of this BBC TV series are presented in a box set of 5 DVD discs.

See the list of episodes and other details under Additional information.

Read full description of the series and its episodes at the IMDb web site.

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Dan Cruickshank


Colour, PAL

Main soundtrack

English or Greek (selectable)
Dolby Digital 2.0


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Number of discs





2 Entertain Video

Release date

19 May 2008 in the UK

Run time

600 minutes (10 hours)



List of episodes

Episode 1: Peru to Brazil

A journey deep into the Amazonian rainforests of Brazil, to the peaks of the Peruvian mountains and to the distant wilds of Easter Island. Surviving tempest-tossed seas, crocodile infested rivers and the digestive challenge of fresh guinea pig, our choice of treasures ranges from the celebrated to the secret.

Famed worldwide are the destinations of the giant Moai, the ruins of Machu Picchu and the giant statue of Rio's Christ. Less well-known but equally spectacular are the gold treasures of the human-sacrifice-loving Moche people with the sinister gold Spider Necklace and the largest mud-built city in the world, the magical location of Chan Chan. Never before has the variety and range of mankind's creations around the world been the stepping stones for such a momentous journey.

Episode 2: Mexico to America

We travel from the ancient Mayan tombs and pyramids of Palenque to the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the refinement of Thomas Jefferson's elegant home in Virginia. The first 'dark' treasures of this journey, including the 1851 Navy Colt handgun are also revealed.

Episode 3: Australia to Cambodia

Giant termite mounds, ants and erotic cave paintings are among the items unearthed in the Australian outback. Even the brilliance of Sydney harbour can't rival the highlights of ancient Australia.

We are then on to the wonders of Indonesia and the Sulawesi people, with their marathon funerals and contact with the spirit world. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia provide more treasures.

Episode 4: Japan to China

The sword of the Samurai warrior is slightly menacing, but we marvel at the artistry behind this instrument of death. We seek solace and tranquillity in a Japanese temple and meditation garden.

But in China, the tension of war and peace reasserts itself as we stalk the Great Wall of China and contemplate the massed ranks of the Terracotta army, 8000 soldiers individually modelled on real people. Again we find peace in a unique creation -the Empress of China's marble boat- a miraculous and surreal vision on the waters of the Summer Palace lake.

Episode 5: India to Sri Lanka

In Calcutta we tangle with a ten-armed naked goddess and are moved to passion in the Cave of Heavenly Maidens. Everything becomes clearer when we meet the triple-breasted goddess Menakshi.

The journey of enlightenment is marked out by beautiful and noble giant Buddhas. We find the key to the cosmos in the celestial city of Jaipur, worship at the Temple of the Tooth, lose at cricket and revel in a palace of smells. Finally, we are blessed by an elephant before ending up in the world's greatest temple to love, the Taj Mahal.

Episode 6: Uzbekistan to Syria

Tile-making in Samarkand, the extraordinary Trading Domes of Uzbekistan and the Fire Temple of Azerbaijan take us to some incredible but least visited places in the world. There is also a real mystery to solve as we gingerly edge up a cliff-face towards the biggest archaeological puzzle of the 19th century, the Bisitun carvings.

After the pleasures of Iran, we head for one of the glories of the ancient world -the great city of Persepolis- vanquished by Alexander the Great in 330BC. In its day it was the most beautiful city in the world and there's more than enough left to savour the brilliance, like the Palace of One Hundred Columns and the Gate of All Nations.

Episode 7: Jordan to Ethiopia

The astonishing city of Petra, so fine and intricate in its decoration yet carved directly out of the rock face, must be reached by donkey along a precipitous gorge; then we must get past the Guardian Monk of Ethiopia, who allows no-one to pass, and riskiest of all we must climb the vertical cliff face at Debre Damo to reach the treasures hidden inside the monastery on top of the mountain.

Along the way we encounter prehistoric skyscrapers and the most powerful king in Africa, King Lalibela. Our ultimate prize is unexpected, to be cleansed of all shame by an ancient relic that wields its mystical powers beneath the Star of David. And the Arc of the Covenant? Maybe we find it, maybe not, but at least we escape without being turned into a pile of ashes.

Episode 8: Mali to Egypt

We witness the grotesque masks of Mali that connect the world of the living with the world of the dead; survive a power cut in the middle of the deepest, darkest chamber of the dead in the Great Pyramid outside Cairo; choose to live a day in the life of a Roman trader in Leptis Magna; and identify with Laurence of Arabia rather than Colonel Gadaffi in the desert of Libya.

One amazing surprise is the biggest mud building in the world, which cools down in the African sun through 104 saucepan lids on its roof, possibly the simplest ventilation system in the world, but also the most ingenious.

Episode 9: Turkey to Germany

The penultimate journey takes us above Turkey in a hot air balloon. We move on to Russia's St Petersburg before heading toward the arctic circle and the remote monastery of Solovki. We then take a personal journey back to Poland before moving on to Berlin where we determine we must salvage something from the wreckage of Nazi Germany.

Episode 10: Bosnia to France and Home

Our first destination would have been a dangerous place to visit just a few years ago, Mostar and its famous bridge spanning the Christian and Muslim worlds. Destroyed by missiles, it has now been rebuilt.

Then it's on to Athens and the glories of the Parthenon before heading for the ultimate treasure trove of Italy, the beauties of Venice, the splendour of the Pantheon in Rome and the fabulous chapel of the Medici princes in Florence. In Spain, we are astonished by the unrivalled brilliance of the Alhambra and echoes of the days when a large part of Europe was under the Islamic rule of the sultan.







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