Living overseas I know nothing of Mr. Sewell so purchasing this DVD was a bit of a risk, but a risk that has paid enormous dividends and it transpires that I have purchased perhaps the best piece of television I have ever witnessed.
I really cannot state enough how utterly enthralling this DVD, how absolutely enchanting and how simply beautiful it is in the purest and most unexpected of ways. Put simply, this is a film, a personal journey of a lapsed catholic following the route that pilgrims commonly take from Paris to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. In theory this really shouldn't work, he's driving not walking, he has a sharp (albeit very funny) tongue, he's a little awkward on camera, he's emotional and he's a sceptic to boot. But it is precisely because of these factors that it does work. Throw these unlikely bedfellows into the mix and the mélange is honest, fresh, witty, charming, emotional and somewhat sad and all this with not a cue-card in sight!
Ultimately what this is, is one man's journey, his personal spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical journey. Fortunate for us, the man making the journey is intelligent, witty, charming, warm and kind enough not to shut the door when all is not going as he might have hoped. So what you have in the end then is a journey we can share with this eloquent presenter and feel genuinely engaged with both him and the subject, something which rarely (if ever) happens via the medium of television. Strangely enough, the nearest comparable series I can think of which conveys something of the atmosphere and integrity of this is `Oz & James', another film which benefits from huge servings of honesty too.
Highly recommended viewing.