Secret Cities

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Season 2

Season 2, Episode 3 - Baku

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In the final episode, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke set off on their most adventurous trip yet - to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. A former Soviet state, bordering the Caspian Sea, Baku offers a tantalising mix of the ancient and modern - at the crossroads of east meets west, on the ancient silk trading route. It is also...

Season 2, Episode 2 - Beirut

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Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. This fascinating crossroads between east and west has a rich history, and a troubled recent past. It is the most diverse city in the Arab world, with 18 recognised religious sects. Its French influence gave it the reputation as the Paris of the ...

Season 2, Episode 1 - Lisbon

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Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke head to Lisbon, Portugal, rapidly becoming one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. Winding through the city's cobbled streets, from its steep hills to the picturesque shore-line, the cultural riches they encounter reveal the city's fascinating history. They discover a complex hi...
Season 1

Season 1, Episode 3 - St Petersburg

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Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture. They want to see how art has been used to enhance prestige and power in this city, ever since it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great. They make a flying visit to their personal selection of Imperial, Communist and modern-day ...

Season 1, Episode 2 - Barcelona

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Although Barcelona is famous for its exuberant modernista buildings and big names like Picasso, Janina and Alastair are determined to discover some less well-known cultural treats. Getting away from the crowds on the Ramblas, they seek out the designs of an engineer who arguably put more of a stamp on the city than its sta...

Season 1, Episode 1 - Amsterdam

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Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke want to get to know Amsterdam through its art and design. How does this city manage to be so notoriously free-wheeling and liberal while being the birthplace of so many of the systems that define modern life? On their rapid city tour, they pick their way through the crowds at the Rijksmuse...