Roger Law And The Chinese Curiosities

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In the first in the series, Roger Law travels to China to find out what has brought about museum fever. With new museums opening every month, he wants to know what the Chinese are displaying and why. He begins in Shanghai with a visit to an opera museum, a rather unusual shoe museum in a private house, and a security museum where all the guns of the city's gangsters are on display. It's certainly a whole new world of curiosities.

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In the second in his series on Chinese museums, Roger Law continues his journey through Shanghai. He finds that capitalism seems to be celebrated in some ways in the bank museum, whilst a tobacco museum doesn't allow its visitors to smoke on the premises. He finally ends up in an 'ancient sex museum', filled with the most unusual curiosities.

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In the third in the series. Roger Law travels to Chongqing in China to see what new museums are being built in this huge and overwhelming city. He visits the Three Gorges museum to find the artefacts which were rescued from the massive dam project, and after climbing up and down the many hills in Chongqing, he finds himself in need of some help from the Chinese Traditional Medicine museum. The doctor in residence is able to give him some much needed personal attention, but does the medicine have any effect?

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In the fourth in the series, Roger Law has arrived in Zhengzhou on his journey through China to see some of the many museums of the country. In this city, a major railway junction, he is amazed to discover a 'Chinese Louvre', a pyramid-shaped building housing some of the finest treasures of the country. He travels on to the Longman Grottos, where he is amazed to find more than 30,000 Buddha statues and 100,000 Buddha images in a series of caves hollowed out of the rock. He also finds himself alongside almost the same number of Chinese tourists jostling to see a part of their history.

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In the final programme in the series, Roger Law concludes his journey through China looking for the very best of the country's museums, old and new. He ends up in Beijing, making a visit to the city's 'Tap Water' museum to find out what's on display. From there he heads off to find wonderful Chinese textiles and the extraordinary sound of bells in two more of the city's unusual museums, before ending up in one of the finest collections of art that can be found anywhere in the country.

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In the first of a new series, Roger Law travels through China to find some unexpected corners of the country's rich and varied culture. He begins his journey in Beijing, where the film industry is now growing at an extraordinary pace. After a visit to a huge and rather empty film museum on the edge of the city, he manages to get himself on to the film lot at one of the biggest studios in the world.

Producer Mark Rickards.

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Roger Law makes his way to Shanghai to find out how the ultra-rich Chinese are turning to butlers to keep their houses in order, and considers offering his services.

Producer Mark Rickards.

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Roger Law visits Kunming in the south-west of China to see the bamboo temple, where some grotesque statues bring back memories of his Spitting Image days. On a Sunday he finds that the Chinese finally let their hair down as they dance through Green Lake Park.

Producer Mark Rickards.

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Roger Law visits two very different Chinese theme parks with one thing in common - they are both in miniature.

From The Empire of the Little People to Window on the World, Roger finds the world scaled down.

Producer Mark Rickards.

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In the last of the series, Roger Law makes his way to Taiwan via Hong Kong. His last museum holds something small but precious - a jade cabbage that Roger has longed to see since he was a young man in the 1960s. Will he finally reach his goal?

Producer Mark Rickards.