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Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights
Sunday, 7th September 2008
9pm to 10pm (1 hour)
An amazing journey in Norway's Far North as Joanna Lumley pursues a life-long dream to track down the elusive, stunningly beautiful Northern Lights - "the true wonder of the world", as she puts it.
Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia, and as a little girl had never seen snow or felt cold. Inspired by fairytales and picture books, she always longed to make this journey. Now at last she travels north across the Arctic Circle, up through Norway and finally to Svalbard, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on earth, where she has to cope with temperatures approaching -30°C.
With a box of crayons in hand, her journey takes her from train to boat, to husky-sled, to snowmobile, as she is pulled ever northwards by what she calls "the strongest point of the compass". She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile, speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. As she reaches the Arctic Ocean she prepares for bed in a hotel made entirely of ice.
As she seeks her personal Holy Grail, viewers get to see new sides of the charming, indefatigable and idiosyncratic Joanna Lumley, responding with humour and deep emotion to one of the world's most magnificent but extreme environments. But will she finally achieve her dream?
This programme is already available on TheBox as a PDTV rip ([url]http://www.thebox.bz/details.php?id=51511[/url]) courtesy of greydesk. However I found the photography to be so impressive watching it on BBC HD that when this high definition version was posted at MVGroup I figured it was worth grabbing (and sharing!).
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