Mondays, November 7 & 14 at 10 p.m. – Martin Clunes: Horse Power
(Rochester, NY) – Martin Clunes: Horse Power, airing Mondays, November 7 and 14 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), follows the British actor (Doc Martin, Reggie Perrin) as he travels the world to unravel the true story of how man and horse first got together, what the horse has done for humans through the ages, and what the horse still means to us today. From Mongolia to the deserts of Arabia, from the Mustangs of Nevada to the Windsor Greys of Buckingham Palace, Clunes unlocks the secrets of a partnership which shaped the world.
In part one, The Animal, airing Monday, November 7 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD, Martin explains how he was drawn into the equine world by his wife and daughter. To find out what makes horses tick Martin flies to Dubai to the grand opening of the £1.7 billion Meydan racecourse. There he meets a champion jockey and top trainer for a fascinating insight into horse psychology. He then heads further east to the heart of Mongolia, where he tracks down the one remaining horse breed that has never been tamed by man. On the walls of the Niaux Cave, hidden high in the Pyrenees Mountains, Martin finds an extraordinary 14,000-year-old record of how our relationship with horses began. He also meets the famous horse whisperer Monty Roberts to learn how to improve his relationship with Chester, and understand how that mysterious bond allowed us to communicate with horses in the first place. Martin also attends a delicate operation on a foal in Glasgow and travels to America to catch a glimpse of wild mustang herds running free in their natural habitat.
Part two, The Servant and the Symbol, airing Monday, November 14 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD, Martin watches his horse Buffalo Stampede compete at a racecourse in Sussex, rides in a carriage at a rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament, travels to the Palio horse race in Italy, and heads to Warwick Castle to experience what it was like to ride horse-bound into battle. Martin also voyages to the United States to find that the horse is still very much a part of American life, and ventures to the most remote parts of Central Asia to meet some of the world's greatest horse people.
Pictured: Martin Clunes and his horse.
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