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From Morocco to Timbuktu review – cabs and camels with all-action Alice

11 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Alice Morrison is fabulous for not being just another actor-comedian on the travelogue gig and for actually knowing stuff – such as Arabic. Plus, The Truth About Sleep

Alice Morrison is following the salt roads, ancient trading routes, to Africa’s fabled city of gold in Mali. From Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure (BBC2) it’s called. No, I’d never heard of Alison before. She describes herself as an “Arabist and adventurer”. Timbuktu I do know about – through reading Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss, and – more recently – The Book Smuggler of Timbuktu by (disclaimer!) my friend and former colleague Charlie English.Recommended reading, both of them.

Anyway, Alice is also fabulous. For not being just another actor/comedian on the travelogue gig, for starters, and for actually knowing stuff. Such as Arabic, which she immediately gets to show off with the captain of the boat approaching Tangier.

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