Kevin Mccloud’s Grand Tour

7:30pm – Saturday, July 17 on TV 3

This week sees Kevin McCloud’s fascinating journey coming to an end when he travels to Greece in the season finale of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour, screening on Saturday, July 17th at 7:30pm on 3.

In the final leg of his journey, Kevin follows in the footsteps of James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, two of the first grand tourists to journey as far as Greece.

Then ruled by the Turks, Greece was a fierce and inhospitable place but it held the source of classical architecture: the Parthenon. From here Kevin takes a helicopter to a remote island where he abseils down into the caves that the poet Byron journeyed to.

Exploring these caves and the majestic Alps inspired the grand tourists to think about the architecture of nature, and on their return home they inspired romanticism and neo-Gothic structures such as the Houses of Parliament, where Kevin ends his journey and reflects on his experiences.

Make sure not to miss this the concluding episode of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour on Saturday, July 17th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Saturday, June 26 on TV 3

Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud returns to our screens this week in the unmissable Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour, premiering on Saturday, June 26th at 7:30pm on 3.

Kevin McCloud is probably best known for fronting nine seasons of Grand Designs, overseeing an array of unusual house-building projects with his experienced eye.

Now, in a slight departure from his usual format, McCloud is off rummaging around Europe, following in the footsteps of the Grand Tourists in Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour Of Europe.

“It’s taken us about six months to film it, all around Europe,” McCloud explains about the series that finds him clambering in, on and amongst the greatest buildings, ruins and cities in Europe.

“A lot in cars and a lot on the train,” he continues. “I wouldn’t say [I did it] exactly how the grand tourists of the 17th century did! They faced all kinds of dangers: disease, death, sexually transmitted diseases – which was of course incurable then, despite people rubbing mercury into themselves.”

So what attracted McCloud to the project? “I spend my time talking about architecture, buildings and construction, and I’m a big green advocate,’ he explains.

“It’s great and lovely, but 25-years-ago I was studying history of architecture so for me, this is a return to source really. I lived in Italy for about a year and a half so it’s a joy to go back and revel – innocently – in these amazing places.”

And he certainly does visit some amazing places; in this week’s season premiere McCloud’s journey follows the very first wave of Grand Tourists from France, across the Mediterranean and into northern Italy.

As well as this, McCloud says that he will be making some drinking dens as well. “I can hold my drink! I didn’t go off the rails, but I do like wine. We did drink quite a lot, but nothing could have matched the consumption of the 18th century aristocrats,” he says.

“These young boys in their early twenties going around Europe, drinking six, seven, eight bottles of wine a day – each! Can you believe that? I could only manage five.”

Make sure not to miss this when Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour premieres on Saturday, June 26th at 7:30pm on 3.