A series of programmes looking at tourism in Moscow and Vienna, as well as Russian culture and the espionage-tinged history of my family. I also explore the mythical figure of Krampus and talk about the Austrians' pre-Christmas political troubles.
I meet Erwin Perzy III of Original Viennese Snow Globes, the first snow-globe makers in the world.
I talk to graphic designer Matthias van Baaren about how to translate a film into an eye-catching poster and learn to dress a film with costume designer Monika Buttinger.
Presiding over the northwestern curve of Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard, the Ringturm carried a powerful message of reconstruction and renewal after the Second World War.
Vienna’s rubbish collectors go about their business with a spring in their step. In fact, it’s the most popular department within the city council.
First theorised by the Austrian architect and designer Adolf Loos in the 1920s, the Terrassenhaus was not realised until the mid-1970s in several big housing development projects on the periphery of Vienna.
A city's identity is made up of a great number of elements, from ideas and values to more tangible features. In the case of Vienna, it's all about the city's typical professions.
This September, Moscow celebrated its 870th anniversary – and city hall made use of a good opportunity to impress. But pageantry doesn't always guarantee loyalty, something that the Moscow mayor has yet to understand.
The Danube Island was an ingenious feat of engineering when it was built in the late 1980s. Not only did it solve Vienna’s flood problem, it has also became one of the city’s most-loved leisure areas.
In the Austrian capital buildings don’t just have addresses but names too – I examine the great tradition of the Viennese house name.
Many of Vienna’s older trams, or Bims as they are affectionately known here, are being phased out. I track the history of the vehicle that’s long kept the Austrian capital moving.
The historic parliament building in Vienna has shut its doors for three years of much-needed repairs, in an unprecedented project that will cost the Austrian state upwards of €400 million.
In this 30-minute special, I survey Vienna's burgeoning fashion scene as designers, shop owners and experts tell me about their inspiration, struggles and successes.
I talk to Alexander Kukelka, head of the Austrian Composers' Association, about the art of writing a film score.
The Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava is loved and hated in equal measure. Constructed between 1967 and 1983, it’s a pyramid turned on its head.
Vienna has preserved its old shop signs better than most cities. But the question is, how much longer will they last?
Last year, independent Austrian filmmaker Maya McKechneay released a documentary film that sheds light on a specific address in Vienna that has been plagued by misfortune. It has seen fires, suicide and injustice, and it has come to symbolise Austria's troubled history.
Early American sound cinema is a breath of fresh air compared to the stuffy Hollywood of later decades. I visit a retrospective at the Austrian Film Museum that looks at the films made before the introduction in 1934 of rigorous moral guidelines known as the Hays Code.
Forty years of communist planning left an indelible architectural mark on Slovakia, with rows upon rows of shabby prefabricated blocks. But a recent project by Bratislava-based architects gutgut has demonstrated that the outdated buildings can be updated to meet modern standards.
I meet a Viennese restaurateur fighting against convention while simultaneously supporting younger entrepreneurs.