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ITV’s award-winning international current affairs series continues with thought-provoking stories from around the world.
In this third episode, Martin Geissler is in Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana to find out just who he is and why this deeply religious family man has stuck by President Trump. Meanwhile Richard Pallot is in Norway, where half of new car sales are electric, to discover what lessons we can learn in the UK. And Neil Connery bears witness to the final days of the ancient Turkish city of Hasankeyf, which is set to be flooded under 60 meters of water.
The headlines have been dominated by President Trump’s first year in office, but the man who stands by him every step of the way barely gets any attention. Just who is Vice President Mike Pence and why has this deeply religious family man stuck by the President through all the talk of sleaze and scandal? Martin Geissler is in Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana to find out more about the man who could take over if President Trump doesn’t make it to 2020. Martin speaks to friends and colleagues from Pence’s days as a lawyer and as a talk radio host, and critics who say the prospect of a Mike Pence presidency is even more terrifying than that of Trump was to them.
There are more than 30 million cars on the road in the UK, and less than one percent are electric. But Norway is leading the electric revolution - where half of all new cars need to be plugged in to charge. Richard Pallot is in Oslo to find out what we can learn from our Nordic friends. He speaks to petrol-heads who are now buying electric and asks Norway’s transport minister why the government is so keen to push electric car sales, considering much of the country’s economy is built on oil. And Richard tests one of Norway’s new driverless pods ready to hit Oslo’s streets next year to investigate whether we could stop driving altogether.
The ancient city of Hasankeyf, built on and around the banks of the Tigris river in south-east Turkey, may be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world, spanning 12,000 years. The city and its surrounding limestone cliffs are home to thousands of human-made caves, 300 archaeological sites and monuments, and a unique canyon ecosystem. But in a few weeks, a government-backed hydroelectric dam will flood 80 per cent of the ancient city out of existence. Turkish officials say it will provide electricity and irrigation to underdeveloped areas in the Kurdish region. Neil Connery hears both sides of the story.
Presenter/ Reporter: Rageh Omaar
Correspondents: Martin Geissler, Richard Pallot and Neil Connery
Producer/ Directors: Chris Hackett and Sonia Pavlovic
Series Producer: Delilah Jeary
Executive Producer: Natalie Fay