Five launches a new 15-part travel series next week promising to bring “opinionated, authoritative and inspirational consumer travel back to terrestrial UK television”.
Presented by Julia Bradbury and independent film-maker and journalist Toby Amies, Rough Guide To… is aimed at� viewers who really want to know the locations� of the very best beaches, luxury destinations and
island-escapes; along with those who would prefer to learn how to choose the most responsible holidays or the best wildlife destinations in 2008,
�Each week the programme will explore the top five destinations in each holiday category, as well as naming the places that fail to live up to the hype.
Five say the show is �not just about where to go, but is also about making the most of a place�.
The first programme looks at beach holidays, which can be about far more than just sunbathing. For her first assignment, Julia heads to the Koh Phi Phi islands in southern Thailand �the location for Leonardo di Caprio�s 2000 film �The Beach�.
After touring the islands� stunning coastline and sampling some of the local cuisine, Julia immerses herself in Thai culture and finds out what life on Koh Phi Phi has been like since the tsunami of 2004.
Looking for a completely different kind of beach experience, Toby visits Essaouira, Africa�s �city of� wind� on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Wind andrain might not be everybody�s idea of the perfect� beach holiday, but the activities available more than make up for the weather.
Monday 7th January, Five