Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure
Burning Bright Productions, Broadcast on ITV 1
In Joanna Mongolian leg she spends time with some Mongolian nomads, visits a giant statue of Genghis Khan and a gold mine. She spends time in the capital Ulan Bator where she tracks down the amazing Mongolian throat singers before catching the train to Putin’s Russia. She meets Mongolian tradesmen on the train before crossing the border into Siberia.
Big Fish Man
Tern TV, Broadcast on Discovery Channel
Jakub Vagner’s dedicated his life to catching the world’s biggest fish – and now he’s heading out on a series of incredible journeys to some of the most inaccessible waters on the planet. To catch his targets, Jakub will paddle down jungle-rivers of the Amazon; he’ll take on the Congo, Sub-Arctic Canada and Thai river deltas, brave the flooded rivers of Europe and trek to the remote corners of Mongolia.
Ashol-Pan, eagle hunter girl
Kissaki Films on going
New York based Otto Bell is directing a documentary on Ashol-Pan, a 13 year one eagle hunter girl from Mongolia inspired by the photography of Asher Svidensky. The film will follow her family and culture, set in the Altai Mountains of northwestern Mongolia, where traditionally only males were taught to hunt with eagles.
Finding Smuggled bones in Mongolia
BBC Horizons Broadcast on BBC 2
The hunt for life within the long-dead bones of dinosaurs may sound like the stuff of Hollywood fantasy, but one woman has found traces of life within the fossilised bones of a T-rex.
Toughest place to be a miner, Mongolia
BBC Factual, Broadcast on BBC 2
British workers are challenged to do their job under some of the toughest conditions in the world.
In the Mongolia episode Craig Notman, a mineworker from Staffordshire, is travelling to Mongolia to dig for gold in some of the toughest conditions on Earth. Craig is staying in a traditional Ger, and working with local miner Sukhbaatar.
Like tens of thousands of small-scale miners, Sukhbaatar digs tunnels into the Mongolian steppe, searching for gold deep underground. It is a grueling and dangerous way to earn just a few pounds a day. Thousands have died in the precarious networks of underground tunnels.
Andrew Marr: A History of the World
BBC history, Broadcast on BBC1
Documentary television series presented by Andrew Marr that covers 70,000 years of world history from the beginning of human civilization, as African nomadic peoples spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers, up to the twentieth century.
The series is noted for its elaborate, Hollywood-like recreations of many of the people and events on which Marr frames his story.