BBC World to launch 'The Real Cities'

MUMBAI: BBC World in association with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts will launch a five-part series called The Real Cities. Starting on 17 November, the first episode will feature London.

The travelogue will provide an insider's guide to places that include London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo and Paris through the eyes of their residents. Three locals from each city will take viewers on a tour of individual favourite spots.

The programmes will feature Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones in London, model and handbag designer Alek Wek in New York, fashion designer Colette Dinnigan in Sydney and Olivier Picasso in Paris.

BBC World vice president, sales EMEA and North America Carolyn Gibson said, "So many travel programmes simply show the clichéd tourist sights, and neglect to go behind the scenes to find the hidden treasures of a city that the locals enjoy. The Real Cities is a groundbreaking new series for BBC World, which interviews the famous residents from five major international cities to truly give our viewers an insider's point of view. We are very proud of this series and hope that our viewers enjoy the insights it offers."

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts senior vice president, global brand management Jenifer Zeigler said, "We're thrilled to partner with BBC World to bring The Real Cities to life. The InterContinental brand has always believed in providing our guests with authentic and enriching experiences when they visit one of our destinations. The interviews and insider content provided by The Real Cities is a perfect fit for our customers who live to travel."

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