Series 1 - Episode 5: The Alps

Episode 5: The Alps

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In Bad Ragaz, Paul’s initiation into the spa world starts at the Grand Hotel. To show him what he
could achieve, Paul meets Mr Swiss, Luca, whose perfect muscular form seems to be more intimidating than inspiring.

Switching his focus to the mind, Paul travels across the mountains to Vienna, to see whether the home of psychoanalysis can teach him anything about himself. The location for his first lesson is the Nonseum, 'a place devoted to what can only be described as madness,' Paul says, after being shown a ‘semi-automatic’ nose-picker – or a hand drill with a prosthetic finger on it.

To experience how changes to the body can be made virtually instantly, Paul next pops along to the World Body Painting Festival, where humans transform into aliens and animals after a quick session under an artist’s brush.

Happy that he has taken his mind and body to the limit, Paul continues to Damanhur in Italy to sort out his soul, visiting a community whose ethos revolves around contemplation and discovering harmony with nature and other people. The biggest issue Paul is prepared to reveal is mild indigestion, but there is a spiral maze in the garden which is designed to sort out just such problems...



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Comments (7)

  • shuggy

    over 1 year ago


    WHERE CAN I BUY/WATCH THIS? I cannot find it and would love to see the whole season!

  • Ardxy <3

    over 1 year ago

    Ardxy <3

    This man is just utterly entertaining!! Nuff said I think...!

  • trudi

    over 2 years ago


    i think paul merton has pitched it just right - he listens and is not either patronising or condescnding. Spot on entertainment.

  • joeyjoey

    over 2 years ago


    im sorry channel 5, but your website is terrible and really boring. The demand 5 quality is equally as terrible. Please sort this channel out! But this is probably your best program!

  • charles22

    over 2 years ago


    Such a good program, i don't think i have ever liked a channel 5 program before this one!

  • sue nunn

    over 2 years ago

    sue nunn

    Loved, loved the programme. Paul Merton is just so very good at the quirky real. It was a pure pleasure to watch as well as being very funny plus really interesting contrast with regards to subject matter.

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