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01Hitchhiking Is Dying2003110920031115That figure, thumb outstretched, destination board in hand, has become a rare sight on the roads of Europe.|Once, for young people particularly, it was the only way to travel.|It was cheap.|It was exciting.|It was romantic.|You never knew who you'd end up travelling with or, very often, where you'd end up.|But today a number of factors are driving the hitchhiker towards extinction: there's more money around, more people own their own cars.|Plane fares are cheaper than ever; who wants to spend hours, possibly days, exploring the slip-roads of motorways when a budget airline will drop you at your destination efficiently and cheaply.|Fears for personal safety also play a part.|In The Last Hitchhiker, Kevin Connolly, veteran of Radio 4 talks over the years including Tides Of History, Going South and Bon Appetit, sets out from Calais to see who will stop to give him a lift, how far he will get in the course of a week and what the journey will tell us about modern Europe and the way we travel in the 21st century.|Programme One: Kevin Connolly has to cope with the romantic advances of a large dog as he attempts to hitchhike across Europe.
022003111620031122Hitchhiking is dying.|That figure, thumb outstretched, destination board in hand, has become a rare sight on the roads of Europe.|A number of factors are driving the hitchhiker towards extinction: theres more money around, more people own their own cars.|Plane fares are cheaper than ever; who wants to spend hours, possibly days, exploring the slip-roads of motorways when a budget airline will drop you at your destination efficiently and cheaply.|Fears for personal safety also play a part.|Kevin Connolly sets out from Calais to see who will stop to give him a lift, how far he will get in the course of a week and what the journey will tell us about modern Europe and the way we travel in the 21st century.|Programme Two: Kevin Connolly realises his dream of hitchhiking to the shores of the Black Sea may have been over-ambitious.
032003112320031129Once a popular activity, hitch-hiking has almost died out in recent years.|Kevin Connolly attempts to revive the practice in a journey across Europe, starting from Calais.|Repeat.
01012003042020030426Once a popular activity, hitch-hiking has almost died out in recent years.|Kevin Connolly attempts to revive the practice in a journey across Europe, starting from Calais.|
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