Unknown Cities

Episodes

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01Hobart2013042220140616

It's over the mountains, it has no major roads, it's too dangerous, or tourists don't get it at all. Five writers with a desire for travel or living elsewhere recall a city that once captured their hearts and minds for reasons of secrecy or isolation, or simply being off limits.

Novelist Nicholas Shakespeare once lived in Hobart, Tasmania, and reveals to us its convict and whaling past, and the story of a monkey...

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in April 2013.

Novelist Nicholas Shakespeare once lived in Hobart, Tasmania, and reveals to us

its convict and whaling past, and the story of a monkey.

02Kunming2013042320140617

It's over the mountains, it has no major roads, it's too dangerous, or tourists don't get it at all. Five writers with a desire for travel or living elsewhere recall a city that once captured their hearts and minds for reasons of secrecy or isolation, or simply being off limits.

The novelist Romesh Gunesekera can't wait to tell us about Kunming, which is so unlike any other modern Chinese city...

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in April 2013.

03Makhachkala2013042420140618

It's over the mountains, it has no major roads, it's too dangerous, or tourists don't get it at all. Five writers with a desire for travel or living elsewhere, recall a city that once captured their hearts and minds for reasons of secrecy or isolation, or simply being off limits.

Vanora Bennett describes Makhachkala in Russia as 'beyond the mountains', yet these days it's on the brink of enormous change...

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in April 2013.

Vanora Bennett describes Makhachkala in Russia as 'beyond the mountains', yet these days it's on the brink

of enormous change.

04Asmara2013042520140619

It's over the mountains, it has no major roads, it's too dangerous, or tourists don't get it at all. Five writers with a desire for travel or living elsewhere, recall a city that once captured their hearts and minds for reasons of secrecy or isolation, or simply being off limits.

Travel writer Michela Wrong sees beautiful Italianate buildings, and all things Futurist - in Africa. In Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, to be precise.

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in April 2013.

Michela Wrong sees beautiful Italianate buildings, and all things Futurist - in Africa.

In Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, to be precise.

05 LASTHolguin2013042620140620

It's over the mountains, it has no major roads, it's too dangerous, or tourists don't get it at all. Five writers with a desire for travel or living elsewhere, recall a city that once captured their hearts and minds for reasons of secrecy or isolation, or simply being off limits.

Simon Calder recalls the small-scale delights of Holguin in Cuba. It' so different to the capital city, but worth the detour - if you can get there!

Producer Duncan Minshull

First broadcast in April 2013.