This week's Travel with Rick Steves goes "behind the scenes" of George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" (national premier February 7), and "Doc Martin", one of the most popular dramas shows on public television (season 6 premiers the week of February 1).
The movie's co-writer and producer Grant Heslov tells Rick what inspired his drive to tell the story of the Monuments Men. Their heroic efforts to protect the priceless art of western civilization during WWII and recover important works of art stolen by the Nazis is a work in progress that continues even today. Joining Rick and Grant in studio will be Robert Edsel, founder of the Monuments Men Foundation and author of two books on the subject.
And Martin Clunes, co-producer and star of "Doc Martin" on public TV tells us what it's like to film the show in a fishing village on the coast of Cornwall. We learn about the locals, the town of Port Isaac that's depicted on the show as "Portwenn" and what the future holds for the series.
Listen to this special Travel With Rick Steves program at noon on Friday, January 31, over Public Radio 89.5-1 KWGS.
- Here's more information about this week's program.
- Smithsonian magazine features historical information about the work of the Monuments Men.
- Find out about the feature film, "Monuments Men".
- Doc Martin fans will find lots of tidbits at the fan website maintained by Acorn Media.
- Learn more about Cornwall, England.