The Spice Trail with Kate Humble

This series follows the story of epic voyages, bloody wars, the birth of multinational companies and contemporary cultures around the globe in search of spices believed to have medicinal properties.

In Medieval times spices were thought to have incredible medicinal powers -  they were also unbelievably expensive and a symbol of wealth and power. A small sack of nutmeg could buy a London town house, pepper was traded as currency (hence the term peppercorn rent) and the world’s most expensive spice saffron was, and still is, known as red gold.

With immense fortunes to be made explorers set forth in search of these tastes of paradise and Kate Humble will be retracing their footsteps as she journeys around the globe on the trail of some of the most coveted spices in the world.

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC Two

TX Date: February 2011

Format: 3 x 60

Website: BBC - The Spice Trail with Kate Humble


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Executive Producer(s):

Nick Catliff

Andrew Snowball


Kate Humble