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Neil Morrissey, Debbie McGee, Ed Byrne, Heather Small, Kate Bottley, Raphael Rowe and JJ Chalmers arrive in Biarritz and make their way to the start of their pilgrimage.

Seven people living in the public eye say goodbye to their hectic lives, don backpacks and walking boots, and set out on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. They have only 15 days to tackle this ancient 780km path across northern Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the shrine of St James. But will this journey of a lifetime change the way they think about themselves and their faith, as well as exploring whether a medieval pilgrimage has any relevance in the modern day?

Actor Neil Morrissey, entertainer Debbie McGee, comedian Ed Byrne, singer Heather Small, priest Kate Bottley, journalist Raphael Rowe and TV presenter JJ Chalmers live as modern-day pilgrims, staying in basic hostels and often sleeping in dormitories, on bunkbeds. Pilgrims who walk all of the Camino, take at least a month. But with just over two weeks on the road, the seven are travelling some of the route by minibus, until they reach the final 100km, when they will walk every step of the way.

In this first episode, the intrepid seven arrive in Biarritz and make their way to the start of their pilgrimage, a small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. They are shown a copy of the ancient Codex Calixtinus, a medieval guide to the route, before heading to the Pilgrims' Office where they register and collect their all-important pilgrim passports, which they'll get stamped wherever they stop along the way.

59 minutes

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Thu 26 Apr 2018 03:05

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Credits

Role Contributor
Participant Neil Morrissey
Participant Debbie McGee
Participant Ed Byrne
Participant Heather Small
Participant Kate Bottley
Participant Raphael Rowe
Participant JJ Chalmers
Narrator Lee Ingleby
Graphic Designer Matt Finney
Composer Matt Nicholson
Production Manager Gezz Mounter
Producer Mark O'Brien
Director Mark O'Brien
Editor Billy Rich
Editor David A Hill
Editor Owen Thomas
Executive Producer Caroline Matthews
Executive Producer Robert Thirkell
Director Michael Ogden
Series Producer Toni Williamson
Production Company CTVC

Broadcasts

  • Fri 16 Mar 2018 21:00
  • Fri 16 Mar 2018 21:30
  • Sat 17 Mar 2018 21:00
  • Sun 18 Mar 2018 13:45
  • Sun 18 Mar 2018 14:00
  • Mon 19 Mar 2018 23:15
  • Thu 26 Apr 2018 03:05

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