Paul Merton in China
|Paul Merton in China|
|Directed by||Barbie MacLaurin|
|Presented by||Paul Merton|
|Narrated by||Paul Merton|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Executive producer(s)||Paul Sommers|
|Location(s)||People's Republic of China|
|Running time||60 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original release||21 May– 11 June 2007|
|Followed by||Paul Merton in India|
Paul Merton in China was a four-part television series broadcast on Five commencing from 21 May 2007. It follows the journey of Paul Merton, comedian and writer, and his interpreter Emma, as they voyage across the country, exploring Chinese culture, expansion and change from Mao Zedong's reign. The series was a hit for Five and Merton confirmed on Michael Parkinson's show that a second series entitled Paul Merton in India had been commissioned. The theme music from Channel Five's advertisement is Michel Legrand's Di Gue Ding Ding, which was also used as the theme music to Heston Blumenthal's series In Search of Perfection aired concurrently on BBC Two. All four episodes were released on DVD in late October 2008.
- During his time making the documentary in the country he was continuously escorted around by government appointed officials, as many documentary makers in the country are, thus Merton was mostly limited to what the officials wanted him to document.
- While staying in a Chinese hotel the staff were told to expect the arrival of a "Western celebrity". When Merton and his interpreter arrived at the hotel, he was greeted personally by the owner thinking he was Paul Martin, the former Canadian Prime Minister, as Martin is Merton's real name.
|This section does not cite any sources. (May 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
The first episode was watched by 2 million viewers and was the 5th most watched show on Channel 5. The second episode gathered 1.58 million views and was the 6th most watched show on the channel. The last two shows gained 2 million and 1.85 million viewers and were placed 6th and 5th respectively.
|This article relating to United Kingdom television is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|