David Baddiel on the Silk Road - DiscoveryDiscovery Channel joins David Baddiel as he sets off on a 4,000 mile journey to explore the most famous trade route in history – the Silk Road.
This four-part travelogue follows the comedian and novelist on the adventure of a lifetime, as he travels from Xi’an, China to Istanbul, Turkey to uncover a series of remarkable locations, mysteries and hidden gems, many unknown to the western world.
The 2,000-year-old ancient highway changed the world, carrying not just trade but knowledge, religion, disease and dissent between the Far East aand Europe. With exclusive access to research and investigations, using cutting-edge technology, David retraces the steps of merchants, warriors and pilgrims along the largest trade route the world has ever known.
Along his journey across some of the toughest terrain on Earth, he walks in the shadow of Marco Polo across a haunted desert; tracks the real Indiana Jones into the wild frontier lands; reveals archaeological treasures lost for centuries; and unravels the mystery that baffled ancient Rome - the secret of silk.
Each episode reflects the changing environments along the route; from China to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan to Azerbaijan, and finally through Georgia to the end of the Silk Road in Istanbul.