Paul Merton has swapped his cosy U.K. TV studio for life on the open road.
Travelling from North to South and East to West, Merton discovers China’s ancient roots and traditions. From the Kung Fu of the Shaolin Monks to the horse rustling Mongols, he tries his hand at long established traditions and then observes the contrast with Shanghai’s glittering skyscrapers and astounding factories.
Exclusive to Discovery HD, Paul Merton in China premieres Wed., Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
(FYI: Paul Merton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Merton) is a British Comedian who was noted for Whose line is it anyway?)
Paul Merton in China – Episode 1
Wed., Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Paul Merton arrives in Beijing – but gets lost en route to his hotel! He samples a deep fried scorpion kebab as a midnight snack at a night market. And when he learns of a peasant who makes robots, Merton visits this inventor and takes a ride in a rickshaw pulled by a large robot. He also visits a reproduction of a French chateaux and the Nanje commune, the last bastion of Communism.
Paul Merton in China – Episode 2
Wed., Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
It’s time for Merton’s close up – in a Kung Fu movie! He gets a lesson in the ancient art and takes on a cameo role in a movie production. He goes line dancing in Chongqing, the largest municipality in the world; then gets mistaken for the former Canadian Prime Minister at his next destination in Chengdu. Later, he takes a stroll down “Dog Street,” the locale famed for restaurants specializing in canine cuisine.
Paul Merton in China – Episode 3
Wed., Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Still in Chengdu, Merton visits a traditional Chinese medicine hospital where he is prescribed a tea brewed from a combination of plants, minerals and insects. From there he heads into the countryside where he meets Geoffrey Wong, a wealthy businessman who transports crumbling historic buildings to Shanghai in order to restore them.
Paul Merton in China – Episode 4
Wed., Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Merton plays a round of golf with a local businessman in Shanghai, and then he visits People’s Park where parents try to match up their unmarried children using pictures and personal details. He’s taught how to waltz in the Paramount dance hall; accepts a dinner invitation from a Shanghai socialite; and visits one of Asia’s largest rubbish land-fills. Finally Merton experiences a little bit of home when he ventures to “Thamestown,” a luxury development modeled on an English town.