Travels with a Tangerine
Tim presented and co-wrote the major BBC TV series Travels with a Tangerine (2007); entitled on other channels, variously, Camels,Courts,and Concubines: The Adventures of Ibn Battutah and The Man Who Walked Around the World). Shown globally, including on PBS and on the National Geographic Channel, the series has been widely praised :
- 'it has the off-the-cuff feel of Michael Palin at his very best" (Radio Times)
- 'portray[s] the texture, depths and colour . . . of the Islamic world at its glittering height' (Daily Telegraph),
- 'marvellous, memorable television' (Guardian)
- 'utterly triumphant . . . an epic success' (Paul Adams, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington)
- 'An excellent cross-channel series, able to blend adventure, old world history and modern day reality in a unique way that appeals to our core channel and Nat Geo Adventure audiences”, Sydney Suissa, Executive Vice President National Geographic Channels International.
- When screened on its main channel by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in April 2010, its ratings exceeded those of such popular programmes as Top Gear.
Tim was also co-presenter of the documentary The English Sheikh and the Yemeni Gentleman (2000), Arabic script editor of the feature film Yawm Jadīd fī Sana'a al-Qadīmah (A New Day in Old Sana'a; Best Arab Film, Cairo Film Festival, 2005) and historical consultant for the IMAX feature film Journey to Mecca (2009).