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Kershaw in North Korea, part 1

Duration:
1 hour, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 December 2003

Warning: One instance of strong language in first show

Sit back and enjoy the first ever radio programme recorded in this isolated and extraordinary country. Andy has described this as the "last great adventure on planet Earth". Even with all the restrictions and supervision, Radio 3 managed to record the music of local musicians.

Other highlights include sea shanties from the East coast, a visit to the statue of the great leader and a very brief excursion into South Korea.

Music and featured items

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Beijing station en route for North Korea

    Crossing the border between China and North Korea.

  • Arriving in Pyongyang

    The vast central square.

  • A farming community on the east coast

    Reformed by the Great Leader

  • Music Played

    • Image for Farming Community
      00:15

      Farming Community A song about Kim Jong Il

      BBC recording on location

  • A port town (contains strong language)

    Singing waitresses and the 'Axil of Evil'

  • Music Played

    • Image for Restaurant waitress
      00:17

      Restaurant waitress A sea shanty

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Restaurant waitress
      00:19

      Restaurant waitress A song about Kim Jong Il

      BBC recording on location

  • The Korean lute

    The history of the instrument

  • Music Played

    • Image for Korean lute music, performer unknown
      00:25

      Korean lute music, performer unknown Title unknown

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Korean lute music, performer unknown
      00:27

      Korean lute music, performer unknown Title unknown

      BBC recording on location

  • On board a captured American frigate

    The tale of the capture

  • Music Played

    • Image for Unknown
      00:33

      Unknown Unknown - A song about protecting Kim Jong Il

      , BBC recording on location

  • A North Korean singer

    Singing about peace.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Unknown
      00:38

      Unknown Unknown - A song about happiness

      , BBC recording on location

    • Image for Unknown
      00:40

      Unknown Unknown - A song about peace

      , BBC recording on location

  • Andy with a border guard on board a train heading for Pyongyang

    Andy with a border guard on board a train heading for Pyongyang

  • Statue of the Great Leader in Pyongyang

    Statue of the Great Leader in Pyongyang

  • Grand People's Study House, taken from Kim Il Sung Square

    Grand People's Study House, taken from Kim Il Sung Square

  • The Unification Arch in Pyongyang

    The Unification Arch in Pyongyang

  • The border between North and South Korea

    The border between North and South Korea

    The concrete step signifies the border between North and South. A North Korean soldier stands in the foreground with a South Korean and a US marine in the background

  • The captured American spy vessel, Pueblo

    The captured American spy vessel, Pueblo

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