The Dear Leader, The Great Leader And The Tour Leader

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01Pyongyang Express20050221

North Korea was labelled by Washington as one of the world's "rogue states".

Its image is one of gulags, famine, out-dated Stalinism and a megalomaniac cult of its leadership.

But what about the people who live under such a regime?

In this series, Tony Pletts goes on a bizarre holiday in what is usually counted as one of the most isolated, mysterious and paranoid nations.

His guide is Nicholas Bonner, a landscape architect from Cheshire who has become North Korea's leading tour operator, and who for over a decade has been charming both the steely authorities of Pyongyang and his adventure hungry customers.

02 LASTCome To North Korea, Join The Party!20050228

Tony Pletts continues his unlikely holiday in North Korea with Nicholas Bonner, a British landscape architect who has spent the past decade taking tour groups into the world's least accesible country.

Together they visit the Revolutionary Opera, a collective fish farm, take a trip on the Pyongyang underground (which conveniently doubles as a nuclear fall out shelter) and have an encounter with a Buddhist monk who venerates, above all, the Dear Leader.