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Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome – BBC2

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome
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The Pilgrims visit the hot springs and public baths at Bagno Vignoni, before heading to the medieval city of Viterbo in the second leg of their journey

The Pilgrims visit the hot springs and public baths at Bagno Vignoni, before heading to the medieval city of Viterbo in the penultimate episode of the BBC2 travelogue: Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

Our pilgrims are only a few days into their journey along the Via Francigena in Italy but they have already bonded as a group – a fact that they marvel at, considering all their different backgrounds and religions.

‘People’s personalities are really starting to come through,’ exclaims Stephen K Amos at one of their communal breakfasts.

‘Sorry about that,’ jokes Brendan Cole.

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

Greg Rutherford, Lesley Judd, Les Dennis, Dana Scallon, Brendan Cole, Mehreen Baig, Katie Brand, Stephen K Amos in Tuscany

But jokes aside, there’s some deep introspection going on, particularly for Stephen, whose twin sister died recently.

Meanwhile, former Olympic long-jump champion Greg Rutherford becomes emotional as he ponders life after his retirement from athletics aged 31.

It’s a refreshing change to see a group of celebrities unflinchingly debate life’s big questions.

TV Times rating: ****

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

Greg and Brendan in the thermal pool at Parco dei Mulini in Tuscany
Mandy Cooper
Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.