TV's Italian job

In June, historian Greg Jenner created a Twitter storm. “Far be it from me to say there are no new ideas in TV, but… Stanley Tucci, James May and Clive Myrie have all made this prog­ramme in the past year!” he complained in a tweet.

This was in response to an announcement by the BBC that barrister and presenter Rob “Judge” Rinder, and TV personality Rylan are to “follow in the footsteps of 19th-century romantic poet Lord Byron and other grand tourists [in Italy], immersing themselves in the art, culture, bad behaviour and life-changing exploits”.

Clive Myrie to hit the road in Italy for new BBC travel series

Myrie has been holidaying in Italy for over 30 years, but this 15-part series will allow him to dive deeper into the country.

Travelling through cities, coast and countryside, Myrie will immerse himself in Italian culture, swapping health tips with locals in a hot spring in Lazio, competing in the Tiramisu World Cup and singing in a Capri nightclub.