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Great Railway Journeys - Series 4 - Guantanamo to Pinar del Rio


After more than forty years of Castro's revolution, Cuba's infrastructure is crumbling and the trains no longer run to time. Despite this, comedian Nick Hancock decides to cross the country by rail, only to have his plans disrupted by the arrival of Hurricane George. Stranded at Guantanamo, Nick acts like a Cuban and improvises. Instead of travelling on a fractured inter-city network, he gets around the island on steam-driven freight trains that normally transport sugar, the Hershey chocolate train and a variety of other vehicles such as stretch Ladas and bicycles powered by lawnmower engines. Along the way Nick meets boxers, ballet dancers, faded divas, fickle dolphins, cigar rollers and revolutionaries old and new. With Cuban sun and salsa music as an almost constant accompaniment, it's an odyssey with a Latin American beat.

Broadcasts

  • 2009-12-25 09:00:00 - 2009-12-25 09:50:00 on BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Wales, BBC Two England,

Credits

  • Executive Producer David Taylor
  • Director John Davidson
  • Presenter Nick Hancock
  • Producer John Paul Davidson