Life's Little Luxuries

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A01Havana Cigars20001111

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

1: Havana Cigars.

Why is it that one of the last communist countries produces the ultimate status symbol of the successful capitalist?

A02Yquem20001118

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

Yquem is the most expensive white wine in the world.

Simon goes to Bordeaux to discover its secrets, and find out the drama behind its hostile takeover by French luxury group LVMH.

A03Handmade Shoes20001125

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

He visits a tannery in Dorset which has been producing leather since Roman times and follows in the footsteps of royalty and the gliterati in search of what some see as more of a necessity than a luxury - handmade shoes.

A04King Of Crustaceans20001202

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

He visits the rocky coast of Maine to find the king of crustaceans.

A0520001209

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

A06 LASTTime20001216

In the last programme in the series about luxuries, Simon Parkes explores the greatest luxury of the modern age: time.

B01Portraits20010427

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

Why do people have portraits painted? Is it vanity, a sense of their own immortality or a genuine love of the arts?

B02Below Stairs20010504

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

He talks to those who live `below stairs'.

B03Islands20010511

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

He talks to the residents of Eigg and an Essex millionaire to find out what it's like to own your own island.

B04Pearls20010518

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

He heads north on the trail of hundred-year-old mussels and the fresh-water pearls they are said to produce.

B05 LASTYouth20010525

Simon Parkes indulges himself in pursuit of some of the best things life has to offer.

With a nip and a tuck, a facial and some rigorous exercise, he strives for eternal youth.