“Have you been watching Walking the Himalayas?” asked Peter’s father. “The presenter in it reminds me of Pete.”
“Tall, dark and handsome?” I asked. “Well, I can certainly get on board with that.”
Later that week, I started the TV series as advised, noting with amusement that presenter Levison Wood (pictured below) did indeed look a bit like Peter.
We watched with interest until five minutes in when Levison makes a meal of crossing a mere river.
It’s true that presenters must add colour and ardour to their tales of travel (otherwise, we’d just have a bloke walking for 45 minutes), but occasionally the drama seems overwrought. When Bear Grylls does his action-man montages replete with pulsing music and sharp camera angles, you know there’s a team of producers standing around eyeing the lunch buffet and checking their watches. Continue reading