On The Road Again

Stories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's cult classic On The Road.


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nFour programmes retracing the I hippy trail of the 60s across Europe and Asia.

1: The Word Is Out. Simon Dring first hitched to India when he was 16, back in 1962. Now, three decades later, he's following the same route by jeep, looking to compare dreams and adventures with the new generation heading east. Producer Joy Hatwood

Passages to India


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Unknown: Simon Dring

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Four programmes in which Simon Dring retraces the hippy trail of the 60s across Europe and Asia, comparing dreams and adventures with today's travellers.

2: Never What's Expected. "Islam seems less sinister once you're inside a Moslem country", says Anna, arriving in Amman. Meanwhile, what is Daniel doing on the road to Damascus with a supermarket trolley and two dogs? Producer Joy Hatwood

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Four programmes in which Simon Dring retraces the hippy trail of the 60s across Europe and Asia.

3: No Village TooRemote. The chief of the Hamzazai tribe in northwest Pakistan offers green tea and sympathy. It's a tiring drive to reach him and the bandits are tiresome. But cheer up, Mr Dring - you can watch our satellite television.... Producer Joy Hatwood

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Unknown: Simon Dring

Unknown: Mr Dring

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The final leg of Simon Dring 'sjoumey along the hippy route east.

4: SomeKiiidofPilgrimage. Every traveller in India is a seeker of sorts - Producer Joy Hatwood

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Unknown: Simon Dring

Producer: Joy Hatwood

01White Sands20070522

By Geoff Dyer.

An English couple driving to El Paso pick up a hitchhiker on Highway 54 and soon come to regret their impulse.

Read by Jack Davenport

02I Am Not The Passenger20070523

By Susie Maguire, read by Annette Crosbie.

Sally and Deanna haven't seen each other for years, and their old friendship is sorely tested by a car journey through France.

03Letter From The Mobile Librarian20070524

Written and read by Ian Sansom.

A letter from Israel Armstrong, manager of the mobile library in Tumdrum, provides an idiosyncratic view of life on the road.

04 LASTGrains Of Gold20070525

Written and read by Hugh Cornwell.

A holidaymaker in Panama visits the fabled island of Granita de Oro.

The trip holds out the promise of paradise, but danger lurks.