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Kershaw in North Korea, part 1

The first ever radio programme recorded in this isolated and extraordinary country. Andy has described this as the "last great adventure on planet Earth". Featuring the music of local musicians.

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.

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1 hour, 15 minutes

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Sun 21 Dec 2003 22:45

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  • Beijing station en route for North Korea

    Crossing the border between China and North Korea.

    Duration: 05:21

  • Arriving in Pyongyang

    The vast central square.

    Duration: 06:08

  • A farming community on the east coast

    Reformed by the Great Leader

    Duration: 05:54

  • Music Played

    • 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'

    Duration: 08:30

  • Music Played

    • Restaurant waitress

      A sea shanty

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Restaurant waitress

      A song about Kim Jong Il

      • BBC recording on location.
  • The Korean lute

    The history of the instrument

    Duration: 07:04

  • Music Played

    • Korean lute music, performer unknown

      Title unknown

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Korean lute music, performer unknown

      Title unknown

      • BBC recording on location.
  • On board a captured American frigate

    The tale of the capture

    Duration: 07:04

  • Music Played

    • Unknown - A song about protecting Kim Jong Il

  • A North Korean singer

    Singing about peace.

    Duration: 04:40

  • Music Played

    • Unknown - A song about happiness

    • Unknown - A song about peace

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