Tuesday's TV picks
Tonight's must-watch tele:
Pick of the day:
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve/Seduced And Abandoned BBC2, 9pm/Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Two documentaries on the box tonight are both concerned with journeys and great personal missions that can have life-changing repercussions. That's where the similarities just about end, however.
In 'Pilgrimage', Simon Reeve attempts to retrace the globe-trotting adventures of medieval pilgrims. Along the way he meets modern travellers, sees extraordinary sights and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage, including the vice and danger that awaited travellers.
In this first episode, Reeve embarks on a 500-mile journey beginning at one of the earliest sites of Christian pilgrimage, the island of Lindisfarne -- before heading to Canterbury, where pilgrims are believed to have travelled some 1,300 years ago.
Such medieval travellers believed that journeys of endurance, suffering and sacrifice to a holy site would help them find a place in heaven, but Reeve discovers the inspiration behind pilgrimage has not always been religious devotion and piety. Instead, it was often a chance for long-suffering peasants to get away from a life of drudgery and explore their land.
When he gets to London, Reeve joins a group of Chaucer enthusiasts as he trails the route made famous by 'The Canterbury Tales'.
Meanwhile, in 'Seduced And Abandoned', actor Alec Baldwin makes his way to the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival. He is joined there by director and screenwriter James Toback, as they tour the five-star hotels, gourmet restaurants, yachts and, of course, the famous Promenade de la Croisette, to pitch their idea for a film.
The mooted project is a modern version of 'Last Tango in Paris', set in Iraq starring Baldwin as a right-wing special agent who meets a liberal journalist, potentially played by Neve Campbell, who agrees in principle to the role.
Aware of the difficulties in financing a film that isn't a blockbuster , Baldwin and Toback arm themselves with a camera to get idea going.